Fentanyl was discovered in the ventilation system of an Ohio juvenile detention center after several people from the center required hospitalization Sunday according to authorities.
Four juveniles and three staff members from the Northwest Ohio Juvenile Detention Training and Rehabilitation Center in Stryker, Ohio, collapsed Sunday and were taken to the hospital, according to Williams County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Lehman.
Emergency services were called to the detention center at around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday. When authorities conducted a search of the facility, they found evidence of fentanyl in the facility’s ventilation system.
It’s unclear at this time how the fentanyl got into the facility’s ventilation system; the Williams County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.
The victims are all listed in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery. Juveniles housed at the facility have been temporarily moved to an adult detention center, apart from the adult detainees while the investigation is ongoing and other arrangements are made.
Fentanyl is an opioid that “is estimated to be 80 times more potent than morphine and hundreds of times more potent than heroin,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.