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Three Spokane County Jail inmates found unconscious in dormitory, treated for overdoses

UPDATED: Fri., May 3, 2019

The Spokane County Jail, seen in June 2018, is crowded and in lousy shape, and officials argue it is unsafe. With a daily population that has long ranged between 900 and 1,000, it has regularly held a couple hundred more prisoners than it was built for. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
The Spokane County Jail, seen in June 2018, is crowded and in lousy shape, and officials argue it is unsafe. With a daily population that has long ranged between 900 and 1,000, it has regularly held a couple hundred more prisoners than it was built for. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Three women in Spokane County Jail were treated for drug overdoses on Thursday and Friday after they had taken an “unknown powdery substance” that was smuggled into the jail.

Two of the women were found unconscious and had to be injected with Narcan, a medication that reverses opioid overdoses, about 11 p.m. May 2, according to a news release from Spokane County. The third woman was found with the same symptoms and treated with Narcan, according to the news release, at about 6:30 a.m. May 3.

The women were taken to the hospital for treatment. Two were released back to jail staff after recovering, while a third remains in the intensive care unit, according to the news release.

The Detention Services staff swept the jail with a police dog after the overdoses but did not disclose if any drugs were found.

The incident is under investigation, according to the news release, and the substance has not been identified.

The names of the women were not released and it’s unclear if they will be charged with additional crimes.

“While we aim to avoid these incidents from ever happening in the first place, it is reassuring to know that when these situations occur, we’re prepared,” said Interim Detention Services Director Mike Sparber in the news release.

In March, jail staff also found methamphetamine on a female inmate during a search after they were tipped off, according to court records.

In February, two inmates were also found with an opioid called Suboxone, along with a cellphone.

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