SF Inmates And Guards Hospitalized For Fentanyl Exposure

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October 09, 2019 - 9:39 am
Bags of heroin, some laced with fentanyl, are displayed before a press conference regarding a major drug bust, at the office of the New York Attorney General, September 23, 2016 in New York City.

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Four inmates and eight San Francisco sheriff's deputies were hospitalized Tuesday after they were apparently exposed to fentanyl in the county jail. 

The discovery of an unresponsive inmate unleashed the chain of events that sickened the group. 

"The deputies who administered the CPR and were on the scene also were exposed to the narcotic, which we suspect was fentanyl," said San Francisco Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Nancy Crowley. 

Deputies who administered CPR and were on the scene 

The Fire Department "dosed" the inmate with Narcan, a fast-acting drug to counteract opioid overdoses. Other inmates who showed symptoms of exposure were also given Narcan, Crowley said. The inmates were taken to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. 

Four deputies have been treated and released, while the other four remain hospitalized.