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Sheriff's Office Investigates Multiple Overdoses at County Jail



Update by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

August 30, 2019

Supposed opioid overdoses at Santa Barbara County Jail

On August 29, 2019, many inmates and custodial deputies were detained by custodians in Santa Barbara County. Barbara was treated for suspected opioid-based drugs. Shortly after 2:00 pm, the deputies in the arrest were sent to a prisoner who collapsed. Deputies and medical staff at the prison responded to assisting the inmate, who was housed in a community center, a dormitory in a 27-unit residential building. Nursing staff acknowledged that the prisoner was probably experiencing an opioid-related overdose. Narcan is administered to a prisoner who begins to reverse the effects of overdose.

While MPs and medical staff attended the first inmate, others in the housing unit began experiencing different levels of suspicion related to opioid symptoms. EMS of Santa Barbara County (AMR ambulance paramedic and county firefighter paramedics) were called in to assist in the evaluation, treatment and transportation of prisoners experiencing symptoms of opiate use or exposure. As the width of the exposure widened, prison staff and prison staff were instructed to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) in an attempt to protect them from exposure. Thirteen inmates were evaluated and treated at local hospitals for opioid-related symptoms, and two were treated in prison. In addition to the prisoners, three deputies were evaluated and treated at the hospital and two more were treated at the prison. All five lawmakers have been treated for opioid-related symptoms. All deputies and prisoners involved in the incident are expected to recover completely.

The remaining inmates of the home were escorted by the hostel, decontaminated and monitored for several hours by the medical staff at the arrest and prison. Drug investigators from the Sheriff's Office have launched an investigation into the incident. During a search of the housing unit, investigators found suspected heroin from the apartment block. How drugs were introduced into the facility and how widespread exposure has become is still under investigation. The housing unit was cleaned and decontaminated, and the affected prisoners were eventually resettled there. Smuggling in detention settings is a nationwide problem. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department of Guardians remains active in preventing smuggling into the facility and eradicating smuggling in its place.


Reported by Roger Guy for Scanners

3:50 PM, August 29, 201

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Several subjects were overdosed in prison less than an hour ago in Santa Barbara County, many ambulances responded, no known circumstances or conditions to patients at that time.


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