JACKSBORO,TN. (WLAF)- The six female inmates who overdosed at the Campbell County Jail have been cleared by medical professionals and returned to the jail.

Early this morning jail staff was notified of the emergency around 1am, according to Campbell County Sheriff Wayne Barton.

The females appeared to have overdosed on fentanyl or heroin sources told WLAF but Barton wasn’t able to confirm what the females took. He did say it was possible the narcotics were smuggled into the jail via an arrestee but he was “not 100 percent sure”.

Since Oct. 6, 12 women have been booked at the county jail, according to jail records.

Two of the women involved in the overdoses were among the 12 booked since Oct. 6, WLAF’s research revealed.

“What I can tell you is that we can’t get our body scanner here quick enough,” Barton said.

The county expects to take delivery of the $200,000 body scanner in the next 30 days, he said. The scanner is being paid for with a grant, Barton said.

Narcotics entering the jail is an issue the department contends with on a regular basis, Barton said.

“People are very creative about getting drugs into our facility,” said Barton. Inmates have nothing but time “to think about how can I get this poison,” Barton said about those who are addicted to substances and in the jail.

An internal investigation is being conducted as to how the drugs entered the facility, Barton said. If that investigation yields results, he intends to prosecute the offenders “and the district attorney is willing to do that if we have the evidence,” he said.

“As always, our office will prosecute any cases where the evidence supports the introduction of contraband into any of the jails,” said Eighth Judicial District Attorney General Jared Effler.

Drugs entering into correctional facilities is not a problem unique to this area, it is a nationwide problem, Effler said.

(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 10/11/2023- 12:50PM)