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Substance sent to DC jail that put 7 in hospital is synthetic cannabis not fentanyl
By wtop.com- Megan Cloherty
Published: 03/16/2018

WASHINGTON — Seven people who work at the D.C. Department of Corrections were sent to the hospital after they were exposed to a suspicious substance initially thought to be fentanyl.

But D.C. Fire and EMS say that further lab tests now identify the substance as synthetic cannabis.

Sixteen employees fell ill when the letter was opened in the mailroom just before 11 a.m. Thursday at the Correctional Treatment Facility, on D Street in Southeast, said department spokeswoman Keena Blackmon.

Nine employees were treated on the scene and seven were transported. None have serious injuries, Blackmon said.

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