It is a press launch from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Workplace. The data has not been confirmed in a court docket of legislation and any people described ought to be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On April 5, 2021 at about 7:38 PM, Correctional workers had been alerted to a feminine inmate having a attainable seizure in one of many facility’s feminine housing models. Correctional workers together with jail medical workers from NaphCare, our contract medical supplier, responded to the housing unit. They discovered a feminine shaking and having what gave the impression to be a seizure. After an preliminary evaluation was achieved, medical workers decided that the feminine wanted to go to the hospital. An ambulance was summoned to the jail. As medical workers continued tending to the seizure, an inmate alerted workers to a different inmate having seizure-like signs.
Jail and medical workers acknowledged that the inmates is perhaps displaying signs of an overdose. Correctional and jail medical workers started administering Naloxone (NARCAN) to the 2 inmates.
Emergency medical personnel arrived and started treating one of many inmates as jail medical workers handled the opposite. After a number of doses of Naloxone, the situation of the 2 inmates started to enhance. As workers continued to are inclined to the preliminary two people, one other feminine started displaying signs of an overdose. Emergency medical workers, jail medical and correctional workers labored collectively to stabilize the three affected inmates for transportation to a neighborhood hospital. A fourth inmate notified workers that she had ingested the identical substance as the opposite three inmates.
The 4 inmates had been transported to Adventist Well being Ukiah Valley Hospital the place they had been handled and later returned to the custody of the jail.
The substance that was ingested by the inmates was situated close to one of many bedding areas. The substance was examined and was decided to comprise fentanyl, a powerful opioid. Fentanyl is harmful as a result of it may be lethal in minute portions. County personnel with specialised coaching had been known as in to decontaminate the realm by which the fentanyl was found.
An preliminary investigation into how the fentanyl got here into the power signifies that the substance was introduced in by one of many inmates secreted it in a physique cavity, making it extraordinarily tough to find even whereas finishing an unclothed search of an inmate. Mendocino County Sheriff’s Workplace personnel are conducting a felony investigation into the drug’s introduction.
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Workplace wish to thank our Correctional workers, NaphCare workers, the Ukiah Valley Fireplace Authority and MedStar for aiding in saving the lives of those three people. We’d additionally wish to thank the Mendocino County Division of Well being and Human Companies for offering jail workers with the Naloxone, which was credited with saving the three inmates’ lives.