Correctional officers at the Drumheller Institution allegedly responded to seven suspected fentanyl overdoses in the last week.
The regional president of the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers says it’s not an unusual amount for the facility, which has seen spikes in overdoses believed to be linked to the opioid since last summer.
James Bloomfield credits the training of officers for providing the necessary first aid to save the lives of the overdose victims, although there have been at least two fatal overdoses at the penetentiary in the last several months.
Bloomfield is quoted as calling the Drumheller Institution a hotbed for the region in terms of fentanyl use. He said while guards do their best to prevent substances from getting into the prison, drugs still make their way in through various means.
He said the union has asked the federal government to bring in body scanners to screen inmates for illicit substances.
Correctional Service Canada has so far not responded.