Inmate in critical condition after apparent drug overdose

Published: Feb. 8, 2022 at 4:15 AM PST|Updated: Feb. 8, 2022 at 3:15 PM PST
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office released new details Tuesday following reports of an apparent drug overdose inside a cell at the Washoe County jail.

The sheriff’s office confirmed that two inmates experienced a medical emergency shortly after 9 p.m. February 7, 2022. Deputies began chest compressions until medical staff arrived. The inmates were each given six or more doses of naloxone, a medication known to help reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. An AED was also utilized, the sheriff’s office said.

Both inmates were taken to a hospital for treatment. One has since returned to the Detention Facility and has been placed on observation in the Infirmary. The second inmate remains at the hospital in critical condition.

The sheriff’s office said that deputies had completed a security check within the involved housing unit prior to the medical incident.

The Reno Fire Department’s HAZMAT team also responded and cleaned the inmates’ cell.

The investigation is ongoing, but the sheriff’s office said they believe drugs are a factor in this incident. No other details were released.

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