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Medical Emergency Inside the Snohomish County Jail Resulted in Seven Inmates Being Transported to the Hospital 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 17, 2023

CONTACT: Courtney O’Keefe, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, Courtney.O’Keefe@snoco.org, 425-388-3865, Media line: 425-249-6263

 

EVERETT, Wash. - Around 7:35 p.m., Corrections Deputies called a medical emergency at the Snohomish County Jail. A corrections deputy was inside a housing module when he observed an inmate displaying symptoms of an opiate overdose. The deputy called for jail medical staff to respond to the module. While jail staff were treating the first inmate, a second inmate in the same module began displaying similar signs of an overdose. A total of seven inmates began displaying physical signs of an overdose and were administered Narcan. Everett Fire responded and transported all seven inmates to Providence Regional Medical Center. All the inmates were conscious when transported and are expected to survive. Five of the inmates have since been released from the hospital and have returned to the jail. 

 

The housing module where the medical emergencies occurred is currently locked down and all inmates are being strip searched. 

 

The Snohomish Regional Drug Task Force responded to the scene and is conducting a criminal investigation. At this time, detectives believe fentanyl was brought inside the facility by an inmate and have identified a suspect. Fentanyl was recovered from the suspect’s cell. 

 

Due to the rise in fentanyl in our community, in early 2023, all Snohomish County Corrections Deputies began carrying Narcan while on duty.  

 

Thank you to the quick actions of Snohomish County Corrections Deputies, Jail Medical personnel and our partners with the Everett Fire Department. 

 

This remains an active investigation. 

 

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