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Possible Overdoses Of Six Prisoners At County Jail Under Investigation

A wing of the Westchester County Jail as it looked earlier this month.
A wing of the Westchester County Jail as it looked earlier this month. Photo Credit: Jon Craig

VALHALLA, N.Y. -- All six prisoners at the Westchester County Jail hospitalized after possible drug overdoses were reported to be in stable condition Sunday night, according to Kieran O'Leary, public information officer for the Westchester County Police Department.

Westchester County Police are investigating what the substance was that resulted in the hospitalizations and how it came into the possession of the inmates, O'Leary said.

The incident started at 2:51 p.m. Sunday when an inmate at the jail was in medical distress, O'Leary said. Help was provided by corrections officers.

In a short period of time, five other inmates showed similar symptoms of a possible drug overdose.

Corrections officers called for ambulances to take the prisoners to local hospitals.

Four prisoners went to the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla and two were taken to White Plains Hospital.

Corrections officers maintained custody of the inmates at all times, riding in the ambulances with them and staying  in the hospital.

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