Mohave County Sheriff's Office Photo by Charles Black

Possible Drug Overdose Sickens Five Inmates

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Photo by Charles Black

KINGMAN — Five Mohave County Jail inmates’ lives were possibly saved April 16 after they allegedly overdosed on drugs, according to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office.

Police said thanks to the quick action of staff and the available resources at the jail, the five inmates were treated and are improving. About 7 p.m., detention officers responded to a male housing unit for an inmate with a medical emergency. The situation quickly escalated to four more inmates.

“The positive aspect of this is that jail staff very likely saved the lives of those five inmates last night,” said Captain Don Bischoff. “Our staff, detention officers and nurses, are all trained in first aid, CPR, the use of an AED, a tourniquet, and how to administer Narcan.”

Kingman Fire Department and River Medical Ambulance assisted with the medical emergency. The inmates were treated with doses of Narcan, a drug commonly used to reverse the effects of an opioid drug overdose. One inmate required the use of an Automated External Defibrillator. Jail staff administered CPR.

All five inmates recovered and four of them were later discharged back to the jail for further observation. One inmate was admitted to Kingman Regional Medical Center for further observation.

Sheriff Doug Shuster said an investigation has been started and criminal charges will be pursued if there have been violations. Shuster said the jail will be reviewing its security policies and practices to identify any gaps and make improvements.

“Detention Officers do intercept drugs and other contraband as attempts are made to introduce them to the facility,” said Shuster. “Inmates are always looking for different ways to circumvent the system. Officers have found drugs on and in the mail sent to inmates and even inside the inmate’s bodies.”