Guards search for contraband at Pickaway Correctional after overdoses

COLUMBUS, OH (AP) – The state says a routine search for contraband has been conducted at an Ohio prison where a number of inmates recently suffered nonfatal drug overdoses.

State prisons spokeswoman JoEllen Smith says the search was carried out Thursday in some locations at Pickaway Correctional Institution.

Smith says there were no arrests. The prison is about 15 miles southwest of Columbus.

The overdoses happened at the prison last month. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction previously confirmed an investigation following reports of those overdoses. The agency says fewer than six inmates overdosed.

Overdoses behind bars have become an issue as the state’s painkiller and heroin epidemic has worsened, though the problem is more closely associated with jails. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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