Union: NY Prison Workers See Inmate Papers, Stamps Soaked In DrugsPosted: Updated:
Prison officials in Pennsylvania have identified the drug that has been making prison employees sick.
The state locked down all prisons this week after more than two dozen prison workers became ill. Now officials say the drug responsible is liquefied synthetic marijuana, also known as K2.
Corrections officials said it came into Pennsylvania prisons soaked into paper in letters or books. Inmates then eat or smoke the paper.
Here in New York, the president of the State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, Mike Powers, says they've been seeing much the same thing.
"We've been dealing with an epidemic for quite some time with the synthetic marijuana as of late. The molecular structure is constantly ever-changing there. They'll liquefy a certain drug or suboxone or some form of narcotic and they'll soak it in the paper and send it in in that kind of format. We've seen it on stamps," said Powers.
Meanwhile, in Ohio, the drug that sickened 30 prison workers has been identified as a mixture of heroin and fentanyl.
So far there's no word of prison employees in New York getting sick, but the union and the state Department of Corrections are urging prison workers to be extra careful.