Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Mystery Powder in Calgary Jail Lands Inmate, Four Staff, in Hospital

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Mystery Powder in Calgary Jail Lands Inmate, Four Staff, in Hospital

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Mystery powder in jail lands five in hospital

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CALGARY - An inmate and four staff members at the Calgary Correctional Centre were taken to hospital on the weekend after they were exposed to a drug that may have been fentanyl.

Police say a peace officer noticed on Saturday that an inmate had a powdery substance and went to check it.

The officer, the inmate and a second staff member had a reaction to the material and were taken by ambulance to hospital.

Two other staff members were also taken in as a precaution, but all five were later released.

A hazardous materials team was dispatched to the centre to ensure it was safe.

Alberta solicitor general's office says in a statement issued Sunday that tests are being done to determine what the powder is. …

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