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6 Connecticut prison employees treated for illness

July 30, 2019

CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) — Authorities say six staff members at a Connecticut prison who were taken to hospitals on Tuesday have tested negative for exposure to the synthetic opioid fentanyl.

The Cheshire Correctional Institution was locked down as authorities investigated what was originally feared to be a case of exposure.

The Department of Correction says the cause of the illnesses remains to be determined.

An ambulance was called Tuesday morning for a correction officer who was in medical distress. Soon thereafter, three additional officers and two employees involved with the prison’s education program also began feeling sick. The department said all of the affected staff members remained conscious and alert. By Tuesday afternoon, two had been treated and released from the hospital.

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