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At least seven people have been taken to hospital after fentanyl was found in the ventilation system of an Ohio juvenile detention center, forcing an evacuation.
Multiple ambulances and emergency personnel responded to dispatch calls at the Northwest Ohio Juvenile Detention Training and Rehabilitation Center in Stryker after several victims began to collapse for an unknown reason , reported the OMCL.
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The fentanyl was later found to be spreading throughout the facility via the air conditioning, affecting four minors and three correctional officers, said Jeff Lehman, Williams County Sheriff’s Deputy. exit.
The remaining detainees were escorted out of the facility and are being held in the nearby adult detention center, separate from adults, officials said.
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It is not immediately clear how the narcotic was released.
I just got on the phone with the Williams County Sheriff’s Office. They say everyone at the facility is “safe and cared for”. https://t.co/iYwceXsfp9
— Chase Bachman (@ChaseBachman) March 21, 2022
Victims are stable and expected to recover, WTVG reported.
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Mexican cartels have been blamed for the arrival of fentanyl in Ohio, including a deadly new para-fluorofentanyl, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation said in a new bulletin warning about the new drug.
“Most of these things are coming from Mexico right now. Mexican cartels are shipping these things to the United States,” Jon Sprague, director of science and research for the Ohio attorney general’s office, said with the bulletin. , Cleveland News 5. reported.
The juvenile center has been closed as part of the ongoing investigation, officials said.