7 hospitalized after fentanyl released through air vents at Ohio detention center
At least seven individuals were hospitalized on Sunday, March 20 after fentanyl was released through air vents at a juvenile detention and rehabilitation center in Ohio. This includes three correction officers and four juveniles at the Northwest Ohio Juvenile Detention Training and Rehabilitation Center, located in Stryker. The incident probably occurred at around 8:30 pm.
As per the latest statement by Chief Deputy Jeff Lehman, all the individuals are stable and are expected to recover soon. Confirming that the chemical fentanyl was released in the air ventilation system, Lehman said that the cops are currently investigating the situation. However, details regarding how dangerous or life-threatening the incident could have been is yet to be determined.
Other detainees at the juvenile center have been moved to the adjoining center but have been kept separate from adults. With a capacity of 64 juveniles, the Northwest Ohio Juvenile Detention Training and Rehabilitation Center houses juveniles who are awaiting their trials.
What is Fentanyl and how deadly it is?
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is considered to be 80-100 times stronger than morphine. It has been compared to heroin and turned out to be 50 times stronger. In 2021, overdose and deaths surge due to fentanyl was reported. A minimal two grams of the opioid holds deadly potential. Two-thirds of drug-related deaths are due to fast-acting opioids like fentanyl. Over 105,000 people lost their lives due to drug overdoses between October 2020 and October 2021, as reported by the US Center for Disease Control.
Recently, four Florida residents were hospitalized after an overdose on fetanyl-laced cocaine. Two of the four went into severe cardiac arrest while the other two survived after a mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.