At least 7 people, including minors, were taken to a local hospital after Fentanyl was released through the air vents at a juvenile detention center in Stryker, Ohio. The incident happened on Sunday evening at the Northeast Ohio Juvenile Detention Training and Rehabilitation Center at around 8.30 p.m.
The first responders were from the Bryan Fire Department, the Stryker Police Department and Williams County Sheriff’s Department, who were called to the facility for multiple people, including juveniles, experiencing unconsciousness from what was to them an unknown cause.
Out of the seven people who were taken to the hospital, three were correction officers and the other four were juveniles who were detained in the detention center. Williams County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy John Lehman reported to the media that all the victims are in stable condition and are expected to recover soon. The other juveniles were taken to the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio, and are being kept away from the adults.
The concerned authorities discovered that fentanyl was pumped into the facility through the air ventilation system after conducting a thorough investigation of the detention center. However, the authorities failed to mention how the extremely dangerous opioid ended up in the center’s air ventilation system.
According to a report by the Daily Mail, juveniles who are waiting for their trial are detained at the Northeast Ohio Juvenile Detention Training and Rehabilitation Center, which can hold up to 64 juveniles.
Fentanyl is a very powerful synthetic opioid which is considered 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times more intense than morphine. A recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals that between October 2020 and October 2021, more than 105,000 Americans have lost their lives because of drug overdoses. The health organization commented that two-thirds of these drug overdose deaths were caused by fatal synthetic opioids like fentanyl.