KAWARTHA LAKES: The Union representing Correctional Officers at the Central East Correctional Centre says a number of staff were taken to hospital after an inmate is suspected to have overdosed on Fentanyl on Friday.
Four ambulances responded to the scene. The union says nurses at the facility saved the inmates life. Staff were contaminated and exposed to the deadly drug Fentanyl. One was admitted to hospital and is now home, recovering, according to the union. Fentanyl is an powerful opioid drug that is mainly used to treat severe pain in late stage cancers. It is regularly used illicitly, often with deadly consequences.
This is the second incident in the last few weeks where a staff member at the jail has been inured.
Just a few weeks ago a Corrections Officer in Lindsay was slashed in the leg three times and required 24 stitches to close the gash according to the union. He is now on a cocktail of drugs to prevent things like HIV and other diseases that can come from this type of injury. “Today an officer did not go home in the same condition he arrived at work when he was slashed by an inmate while responding to a code.” Chris Butsch the President of the Union that represents Corrections Officers said on a Facebook post.
A second officers hand was injured the altercation, both were treated and released from hospital.
Butsch warned others to stay on their toes. “I want to make sure that all of you realize that this could have been much worse and ended an officers watch.” Butsch said. “The inmate slashing out could have struck arteries or made contact with vital organs. Stay vigilant!” he said.
There was an altercation at the jail on Monday involving about ten inmates. A number of officers were hurt but did not go to hospital. Our sources say they were trying to lock up a unit that were refusing at the time of the incident. Our source says officers have no control and administration does nothing to help.