Multiple ambulances requested to Pitchess Detention Center

FILE PHOTO: One of three ambulances leaves Pitchess Detention Center after reported overdoses on Monday. June 21, 2021. Bobby Block / The Signal.
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Multiple ambulances were requested to Pitchess Detention Center on Monday. However, officials were not able to disclose the type of medical emergency that was being responded to.  

At approximately 5:22 p.m. two ambulances were originally called for two patients at the North County Correctional Facility — the maximum-security facility on the jail campus.  

“They requested two ambulances and a third,” said Supervisor Cheryl Sims of the Los Angeles County Fire Department at approximately 6:15 p.m. “For each patient we requested a squad.”  

One patient had already been transported as of 6:10 p.m. on Monday. However, Sims said that the type of medical emergency could not be released. 

The patients taken to the nursing station at the NCCF on Monday is the latest in a series of incidents in which ambulances have been called to the Pitchess campus over the last few months.  

Since May, more than a dozen inmates have been transported to the hospital for suspected overdoses. In one of the incidents in May at the North County Correctional Facility, Naloxone, or Narcan, a life-saving opioid antagonist that can reverse the effects of a fatal overdose, had been administered to save two of the unconscious patients’ lives.  

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