PAINESVILLE, Ohio– Two inmates of the Lake County adult detention facility died in separate and unrelated incidents over the past 24 hours, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office says.
A 25-year-old man was found unresponsive in his cell at about 5:25 p.m. Monday. Paramedics took him to TriPoint Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
His name has not been released and the sheriff’s office said no foul play is suspected.
At about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, corrections officers discovered two women unresponsive in the same housing area. According to the sheriff’s office, the 25-year-old woman died in her sleep while the 30-year-old was revived using the heroin antidote Narcan.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said another female inmate likely smuggled in heroin into the jail in her body cavity while on furlough for a doctor’s visit.
“If this did occur then the women, who have been incarcerated for over two months and have not been using heroin, could have overdosed on an opioid. If an opioid user goes without the drug for a period of time then their body no longer has the tolerance for the dose they were once accustomed to taking prior to incarceration,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.
Officers are prohibited from conducting body cavity searches on inmates without probable cause and a court-authorized order.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct autopsies on both inmates.