Local prison sergeant needs dose of Narcan after exposure to inmate letter soaked in heroin, fentanyl

A sergeant at Mid-State Correctional Facility had to be treated with Narcan after handling a letter saturated with heroin and fentanyl that was sent to an inmate.

Posted: Apr 27, 2021 11:00 AM
Updated: Apr 27, 2021 6:04 PM

MARCY, N.Y. – A sergeant at Mid-State Correctional Facility had to be treated with Narcan after handling a letter saturated with heroin and fentanyl that was sent to an inmate.

According to the correctional officers’ union, on April 21, staff members were sorting mail around 10 a.m., when noticing a letter containing three pages soaked in a liquid suspected to be some kind of drug.

The sergeant who was exposed to the liquid began to feel light-headed, and the medical staff administered Narcan right at the facility. The sergeant was alert after receiving the dose, but was sent to the hospital for further treatment.

The Hazmat team from the Utica Fire Department was called to the prison to decontaminate the mail room, and test pages of the letter. The test came back positive for heroin and fentanyl.

The letter, which was sent to the facility from the Bronx, was seized as evidence by New York State Police.

"These were two deadly drugs the sergeant was exposed to and we need to start holding those individuals attempting to send in the drugs through mail accountable and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law," said Bryan Hluska, regional vice president of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Assocation. 

NYSCOPBA is continuing to push for a secure vendor program that would help prevent drugs coming into prisons through mail and packages sent to inmates.

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