8 deputies and five prisoners were exposed Tuesday at a San Francisco County prison to what officials think was fentanyl, a powerful pain reliever, resulting in the group being transferred to nearby hospitals, authorities said.
At 5:33 p.m., deputies found an unresponsive prisoner at County Prison No. 4 at the Hall of Justice on Bryant Street, according to a declaration offered by the San Francisco Constable’s Department.
Deputies started lifesaving steps, including CPR, and called the San Francisco Fire Department. When paramedics got here, they administered Narcan, a medication that can quickly reverse an opioid overdose, to five prisoners who showed symptoms of an overdose. The Fire Department transported the prisoners to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Medical Facility.
The deputies who administered CPR were likewise exposed to the narcotic, which authorities suspect was fentanyl. 5 deputies were also required to three hospitals, and 3 more deputies who later on revealed signs were hospitalized, according to the department. Four deputies have been released, and all deputies are recuperating, the department said. The inmates are conscious and under observation.
The Fire Department has actually cleared the afflicted location in the prison and closed down the entryway. Decontamination still needs to take place.
Fentanyl is a powerful artificial opioid analgesic that resembles morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent, according to the National Institute on Substance Abuse.
Some drug dealerships mix fentanyl with heroin since it takes very little to produce a high with fentanyl, making it a more affordable choice, the institute stated. This is specifically dangerous when people taking the drugs do not recognize they might consist of fentanyl.