Seven Fayette County Jail inmates suffer suspected drug overdoses

Multiple inmates at the Fayette County Jail suffered suspected drug overdoses early Monday morning. (WSYX / WTTE)

Seven female inmates in the Fayette County Jail were treated for opioid overdoses early Monday morning, Fayette County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Andy Bivens said.

Paramedics rushed seven inmates to Fayette County Memorial Hospital, but all were expected to recover, he said. They returned to the jail later Monday morning according to the sheriff.

Jail staff called a squad to the facility at 113 E. Market Street in Washington Courthouse around 12:15 a.m. after one inmate was found on the floor, Bivens said.

Staff gave her the heroin antidote naloxone, which was effective, Bivens said.

An additional six women in the same housing unit showed signs of overdoses during the next hour, he said.

No names have been released.

Bivens said the inmates likely snorted the drug.

Staff members searched the facility using a K-9, but no drugs or paraphernalia were found, he said.

Detectives were questioning inmates, and Bivens said they believed the drug was smuggled into the facility in a body cavity.

The sheriff's office has been approved to add a full body scanner for incoming inmates, but a building addition needs to be completed before it can be utilized, Bivens said.

Within the last year, two inmates died of suspected drug overdoses, he said.

Investigators were waiting for autopsy results in those cases.

ABC 6 / FOX 28 will update this developing story with additional details as they become available.

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