6 Westchester Inmates Hospitalized for Possible Overdose: Police

Police suspect drug overdoses caused six inmates at a suburban New York jail to be rushed to the hospital.

Westchester County Police spokesman Kieran O'Leary told The Associated Press Sunday that police are now investigating how the drugs ended up in the county's jail in Valhalla.

Correction officers first discovered one of the inmates in medical distress shortly before 6 p.m. and then realized five more were suffering similar symptoms.

O'Leary said they all showed signs "of a possible drug overdose."

Emergency medical crews were called to the jail and the six were taken to local hospitals. All are listed in stable condition, according to police. Their identities were not released.

Although investigators suspect what may have caused the prisoners to fall ill, they are still working to determine what type of drug the inmates may have used.

O'Leary said police have launched a formal investigation to identify the substance and figure out how it was brought into the jail.

The jail houses male and female inmates over the age of 16.

Jail officials did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

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