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Ohio penal institution, security guards, caretakers and inmate exposed to ‘unknown substance’: report

Local media reported that guards and prisoners were exposed to an “unknown substance” at the Ross Correctional Institution in Ohio on Wednesday, August 29, 2018.

(AP)

Guards and inmates in a correctional institution in Ohio were reportedly exposed to an “unknown substance” on Wednesday, local media reported.

The Ohio State Patrol told the Chillicothe Gazette that at least 15 correctional officers, five nurses and one prisoner were exposed to the dust at the Ross Correctional Institution, and were experiencing “symptoms of an overdose.”

Emergency responders arrived on the scene and treated that were exposed. The prisoners and the guards were treated as a “possible drug overdose” and Narcan was brought to the scene.

Troopers told local media it was not immediately clear what the substance was, but it could be fentanyl, WCMH-TV reported.

The Ohio State Patrol said the prison was safe and there was no danger to the public. The Union-Scioto schools, in the neighbourhood of the custodial institution were placed on a cautionary lockdown.

Fentanyl is a drug 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The opioid comes mostly from China.

This is a development of the story. Come back regularly for updates.

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for FoxNews.com. You can follow her via @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

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