Four inmates are receiving treatment at Huntsville Hospital after they had apparent overdoses.
Huntsville Emergency Medical Services Inc. (HEMSI) spokesman Don Webster said the Madison County Jail inmates received treatment at the jail before they were transported to the hospital. Paramedics were called to the jail at 5:33 p.m. Saturday evening.
Two of them were transported in serious condition and the other two were in non-life threatening status. All of the inmates were male, according to Webster.
The type of substance the inmates came into contact will be determined once a toxicology is done at the hospital.
Late Saturday, the Madison County Sheriff's Office released this statement:
"Investigators believe the inmates intentionally ingested a synthetic substance that made it into the jail through the Inmate Mail System. All four inmates are currently being treated at the hospital.
Sheriff Kevin Turner said, “We are aggressively investigating this incident and will hold anyone involved with mailing this substance into our facility responsible. The health and safety of our inmates is of utmost importance, and our jail staff works hard everyday to try and prevent these incidents. It often only takes small amounts of these synthetic chemicals to cause an overdose."