Visitation Canceled, Movement Restricted at DE Level 5 Prison Facilities

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Due to the recent events in Ohio and Pennsylvania correctional facilities which lead to the hospitalization of several inmates and staff, the Delaware Department of Correction is canceling visitation and restricting movement in all Level 5 facilities.

“We understand this may be inconvenient for family members, but we owe it to our staff and those in our custody to prioritize safety and health,” said Deputy Commissioner Alan Grinstead. “The DOC is appreciative of the public’s¬†understanding while we assess the situation. Regular operations will resume when conditions improve.”

WEDNESDAY, 8-29-18 – The Ohio State Highway Patrol says more than 20 people were treated for possible drug exposure at Ross Correctional Institution south of Columbus. Patrol spokesman Lt. Robert Sellers says 23 staff members and one inmate began showing signs of a drug overdose about 9am on Wednesday.

Sellers says the inmate and staff members, including several guards and nurses, have been administered naloxone, which is used to combat overdoses caused by opioids such as heroin or fentanyl.

In Pennsylvania, state prisons have been placed on an immediate lockdown after multiple unknown substance exposure incidents across the system.