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Inmate overdoses prompt transfers to jails in other counties

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Posted at 11:45 AM, Apr 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-19 14:45:14-04

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) - An Arizona sheriff's office says drug overdoses of five inmates prompted it to transfer 50 inmates to jails in other counties so a jail housing unit can be thoroughly cleaned and decontaminated.

A Mohave county Sheriff's Office statement said that the 50 inmates were transferred Thursday night to facilities in Coconino and La Paz counties because of indications that the substance that caused the overdoses might remain in the housing unit where the overdoses occurred Tuesday night.

The statement said that officials suspect the substance was a type of extremely dangerous synthetic opioid.

According to the office, inmates in the affected unit were searched, showered and given fresh clothing.

The inmates who overdosed were given an anti-overdose drug and returned to the jail after being examined at a hospital.