An inmate at the Mercer County Jail in Celina was revived today following a suspected drug overdose.

A release from Sheriff Jeff Grey's office, say around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, inmates alerted corrections staff to a male inmate who was unresponsive and not breathing. The corrections officers responded, along with a jail nurse, giving aid until EMS arrived. Medics then administered Narcan to the inmate and was taken to Mercer Health. His condition is not known at this time. He was at the jail on several felony offenses of violence, no additional charges have yet been filed. An investigation was then launched into how the drugs got into the jail.

The inmate's name is not being released due to medical privacy laws.

Media Release from Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey

Celina, OH – Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey released a few details about a suspected drug overdose inside the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility. At approximately 3:29 PM today, inmates alerted corrections staff of a male inmate who was not responding and not breathing. Corrections officers immediately responded to the dorm where an inmate had started CPR. The on duty corrections nurse responded and rendered aid while Central Dispatch alerted the Celina EMS personnel.

When EMS personnel arrived, they took over treatment of the inmate. EMS administered NARCAN to the inmate. The inmate was transported by EMS to Mercer Health, a deputy sheriff followed for security. The inmate, a male, is being held in the facility on several felony offenses of violence. His name is being withheld at this time due to medical privacy laws and no additional charges have yet been filed.

The Sheriff’s Office K-9 units were called in to search the dorm. A search warrant for blood and urine of the inmate was applied for. “Drugs getting into detention facilities is becoming a nationwide problem,” stated Sheriff Grey, “Mercer County is no different.” Grey expressed frustration at inmates resourcefulness in getting contraband into the jail. The jail has a body scanner that has detected drugs hidden inside body cavities, but inmates still are successful from time to time smuggling drugs in. Detectives are investigating to attempt to determine how the drugs got into the facility.

“I would like to commend the inmates for their quick action and alerting staff of the emergency,” stated Sheriff Grey, “Had they not done that, this young man probably would’ve died.”

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