2 Connecticut inmates die in suspected fentanyl overdoses

February 24, 2022 GMT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Two inmates at a jail in New Haven died Thursday in a case of suspected fentanyl overdoses, prison officials said.

The two inmates were found unresponsive in the same cell by a guard conducting a routine check at the New Haven Correctional Center, the state Department of Correction said in a news release. Medical staff administered an opioid antidote before the inmates were pronounced dead, one at a hospital and the other at the jail, officials said.

A corrections officer who showed symptoms of fentanyl exposure also was given the opioid antidote and was recovering at a hospital, officials said.

The names of the inmates were not immediately released. State police were investigating and the state medical examiner’s office was to determine the cause of death.