FILE PHOTO: Jackson County Jail. Police are investigating how two inmates overdosed on Monday morning at the jail.

Two Jackson County Jail inmates are in hospital and two police departments are investigating an apparent opiate overdose behind bars.

An inmate began showing signs of a medical emergency at 11:25 a.m. Monday, according to a news release from the Jackson County Sheriff‘s Office.

A corrections assistant responded with medical staff to treat the inmate, then prison staff discovered similar signs of an opiate overdose in a second inmate.

Medford Police, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Patrol and Corrections Deputies, Medford Fire Department and Mercy Flights paramedics administered five doses of the opiate antidote Narcan to the two patients.

When reached by phone around 1:15 p.m., Jackson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Aaron Lewis provided few details about the detainees, including their gender, as Medford police are in investigating the source of the drugs.

“It’s actually already started,” Lewis said of the investigation.

The condition of the patients in the hospital was unknown on Monday afternoon, but police said the two inmates were conscious and breathing when they were taken to a nearby hospital.

Investigators are working to determine the exact drug the inmates overdosed on and how the drugs got the corrections deputies into the prison.

Lewis expressed his gratitude for the emergency crews’ quick response, which he called a “pretty amazing reaction”.

The first call for help came at 11:25 a.m. and within four minutes a Medford police officer was on the scene.

“At 11:30 a.m. there were already multiple units,” Lewis said.

At 11:36 a.m., Mercy Flights paramedics were on the scene and no further assistance was required.

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