Authorities said that the drug fentanyl spread through the ventilation system at a local Ohio detention facility, which sent seven people to the hospital.
Ambulances and the fire department arrived at Northwest Ohio Juvenile Detention Training and Rehabilitation Center at about 8:30 p.m. on Sunday night, after receiving a call that some juveniles had collapsed.
In response to a call, authorities arrived at Northwest Ohio Juvenile Detention Training and Rehabilitation Center at about 8:30 p.m. on Sunday night. The juveniles had apparently collapsed, and ambulances and the fire department were called to the scene.
The four juveniles and three corrections officers were transported for treatment last night and are in stable condition, Williams County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Jeff Lehman told WTVG.
The chief said that the other juveniles were transferred to a facility next door, which is separate from adult inmates.
The Williams County Sheriff’s Department is launching an investigation into how the drug spread through the ventilation system. The Sheriff’s Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Fentanyl is a much more potent drug than morphine and heroin. For example, only a fraction of the lethal dose for morphine is needed to kill someone with fentanyl, as Insider’s Naina Bhardwaj previously reported.