NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Narcan was administered on four inmates to reverse effects of opioids, according to The Orleans parish Sheriff's Office.
On Monday morning, a deputy called for EMS to attend to two unresponsive inmates who were in a secure waiting area outside Criminal District Court.
EMS administered Narcan and the inmates were revived immediately.
"In this case, our first priority was to protect the inmates. We did that thanks to the quick action of our security and medical staffs as well as EMS, " Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman said. "We will continue our facility search and work to prevent contraband from entering our facilities."
Later that same day, two additional inmates in a dormitory housing unit were unresponsive. The deputy on duty called OPSO medical personnel who administered Narcan to them as well.
An investigation has been launched to determine how the inmates obtained the contraband, according to a report from the Orelans Parish Sheriff's Office.
A search of the entire jail is underway.