According to Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol, on January 27, 2022, two Oneida County Correction Officers were exposed to a substance that has tested positive for the presence of fentanyl.

The exposure occurred when a piece of mail that had been sent to an inmate at the facility was opened and believed to contain a suspicious substance. Both officers began to display symptoms consistent with a fentanyl exposure and were given Narcan by medical staff at the facility to neutralize the drug’s effects before being transported to Oneida Hospital by ambulance for evaluation.

Both of the Officers have since been cleared by the hospital and discharged.

The area of the correctional facility that the exposure occurred in was decontaminated by the Utica Fire Department’s Hazmat Unit.