Medical examiner: 2 DC jail inmates died of opioid overdoses

WASHINGTON (AP) - The deaths of two D.C. jail inmates have been ruled as opioid overdoses.

The Washington Post reports that, in a report released Tuesday, the District's medical examiner office ruled that 35-year-old Eric Terrell died May 5 of an overdose of heroin, fentanyl and diphenhydramine and 28-year-old Kenneth Parker died May 18 of an overdose of fentanyl and diphenhydramine. The medical examiner ruled both deaths accidental.

D.C. Deputy Mayor Kevin Donahue said Tuesday that more drug detection technology will be implemented at the jail, including new security machines to screen visitors and facility employees.

Department of Corrections Director Quincy Booth says officers monitor attempts at smuggling drugs, but are prohibited by law from performing cavity searches.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com

 

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