Suspected K2 Overdose Sends 5 Inmates to the Hospital

Town of DeWitt, New York – The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office reports that Five inmates from the Correction Department in Jamesville were transported to the emergency room over the weekend after one inmate is found unresponsive in his cell.

On Saturday evening at approximately 7:42 PM, a Correction Officer working in one of the housing units at the Jamesville facility discovered an inmate unresponsive in his cell. Medical staff was immediately notified and upon accessing the inmate’s condition, it was determined that the inmate was suffering from an apparent drug overdose. Medical staff administered the drug “naloxone” at which time the inmate regained consciousness.

The inmate was transported to Upstate University Hospital for further treatment and was released later that evening.

Additional inmates in the same housing unit were also discovered to be under the influence of an illicit substance believed to possibly be synthetic cannabinoid, also known as K2 or spice. Ultimately, five inmates were transported to the hospital. All of which were medically treated and released.

Synthetic cannabinoids affect the brain much more powerfully than marijuana, causing effects including nausea, anxiety, paranoia, brain swelling, seizures, hallucinations, aggression, heart palpitations, and chest pains, according to the CDC.

The Correction Department along with Detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division continue to investigate the incident to include how the contraband entered into the facility.