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7 hospitalized after contact with airborne fentanyl at juvenile center

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Maura Grunlund

Staten Island Advance, N.Y.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Possible airborne exposure to the deadly opioid fentanyl sent seven people to the hospital from a detention facility for juveniles in Ohio, according to a media report.

The fentanyl was discovered in the ventilation system of the Northwest Ohio Juvenile Detention, Training and Rehabilitation Center in Stryker, the Williams County Sheriff’s Department told WTOL.com.

The injured included four children and three staff members, according to WTOL.com.

The Williams County Sheriff’s Department, Stryker Police Department, and Bryan Fire responded to the facility on Sunday around 8:30 p.m. on a report that juveniles had collapsed at the facility, according to WTOL.com.

After a search, response teams allegedly found a “fentanyl release in the air ventilation system,” according to WTOL.com.

Conditions for the victims were unavailable.

The remaining children at the facility were transferred to a detention facility for adults during the investigation, according to WTOL.com.

In a story that went viral, four of the spring breakers who reportedly overdosed immediately after ingesting fentanyl-tainted coke at a Florida Airbnb on March 10 were identified as West Point cadets and members of the prestigious military school’s football team; two friends who did not take the drug, but were exposed to fentanyl while administering CPR, were their teammates, according to several media reports.

“The U.S. Military Academy is aware of the situation involving West Point cadets, which occurred Thursday night in Wilton Manors, FL,” West Point said in a statement issued from the academy’s public affairs office earlier this month. “The incident is currently under investigation and no other details are available at this time.”

Media outlet Local10.com reported that Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue personnel aided the students, who had been staying at the rental home for several days.

“There were multiple people in cardiac arrest in the front yard … Narcan was deployed as quickly as possible,” the news outlet quoted Chief Stephen Golan as saying.

Over 100,000 people — 275 victims per day — fatally overdosed in the nation in 2021 based on statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many of those deaths were linked to the opioid fentanyl, which is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine.

Fentanyl is being sold alone or added to other drugs such as heroin and cocaine or pressed into fake prescription pills that mimic real drugs such as the painkiller oxycodone, the sedative Xanax and the amphetamine Adderall. As little as two milligrams of fentanyl could kill a healthy adult, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration ( DEA).

The Advance/SILive.com is doing a special series, FENTANYL: A KILLER CONCEALED, that examines the state of the drug crisis on Staten Island.

Part One: One of these pills is authentic oxycodone. The other is laced with fentanyl. The difference is killing Staten Islanders. — Part Two: From China to Mexico to Staten Island: The fentanyl pipeline. — Part Three: He thought he was using heroin, then he ‘just dropped.’ Man details the night he almost died. — Part Four: They fought their fentanyl addictions — then the pandemic hit. How isolation led 2 S.I. men into relapse. — Part Five: ‘We are the infantry.’ A look at how law enforcement is striking back in NYC’s war on fentanyl.


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