little rock - In a high-security prison in the American state of Arkansas, five prisoners were found dead, presumably after using contaminated drugs. That is what the ministry has to say about the prisons. Two dead detainees were found on Wednesday, three other prisoners had died since Sunday.
Leaders of the Arkansas Prison suspect that synthetic marijuana is the cause of the deaths. The institution did not provide information about how the drugs had entered. 'We would not be surprised if the coroner finds that illicit drugs are the cause of death,' said Jim DePriest, the president of the ministry in Arkansas state.
DePriest suspects that there is a link between the deaths. 'There is an internal investigation and the state police of Arkansas is also investigating. '
In jails in Arkansas, they have been trying to reduce the use of synthetic marijuana for months. This drug is seen as the cause of several deaths. According to prison staff, more than a thousand overdoses occurred in the 16 penitentiaries in the state in 2017 and more than 10 deaths occurred.
In the states of Ohio and Pennsylvania, prisoners and staff in prisons have also been victims of poisoning this week. In Ohio, they thought the cause was an opiate or the very strong painkiller fentanyl.