Broome County Sheriff’s officials are investigating a fentanyl overdose at the county jail.

According to authorities, during a prison activity scheduled for Friday, October 7, a 34-year-old inmate did not respond to calls to leave his cell and a corrections officer found him lying on the floor, not breathing. and without a pulse.

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

The prison officer called for help and responders and nursing staff performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation, provided oxygen and began administering an overdose reversal.

Several doses of the reversal drug, NARCAN, were administered and the man began to breathe and regained consciousness within minutes.

The inmate was transported by ambulance to Wilson Memorial Regional Medical Center in Johnson City for further medical attention.

According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, a preliminary investigation determined that the inmate had suffered an overdose of a deadly synthetic opioid, fentanyl.

The Broome County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Investigation Unit continues to investigate the incident. Authorities have not said whether they determined how the inmate brought the contraband drugs into the Dickinson City Correctional Facility.

Information provided by the Sheriff’s Office also does not reveal the man’s name, where he is from or why he was being held at the Broome County Jail.

Fentanyl has become a growing problem in society because the concentrated and highly lethal substance is widely available, relatively inexpensive, and is often added to other substances without the user’s knowledge.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, fentanyl “is a potent synthetic opioid painkiller similar to morphine but 50 to 100 times more potent.

As a prescription drug, it is generally used to treat patients with severe pain or to manage post-operative pain.

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