Inmate apparently overdoses at Erie County Holding Center

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Erie County Sheriff’s Office says an inmate apparently overdosed at the Holding Center.

On Sunday night, deputies found a female inmate unresponsive in her housing unit. She was not breathing and deputies could not detect a pulse.

After trying to use CPR, medical professionals administered three doses of Narcan and deployed an AED.

About half an hour after she was found, the inmate was revived and taken to Buffalo General Medical Center.

The inmate, who was not named, had been transferred from Amherst police on Saturday. Deputies searched her when she was taken to the Erie County Holding Center.

Back in September, deputies discovered that a female inmate had smuggled narcotics and needles via her vagina.

“It is one of our highest priorities to make sure that drugs and other contraband don’t get smuggled into the jails,” Sheriff Timothy Howard said. “Deputies and medical staff acted quickly and heroically to save her life, and I want to commend their actions.  But individuals who are gripped by addiction use very creative ways to bring drugs in with them, and it’s a battle we face every day.”

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