Jailer: 8 female inmates overdose after snorting heroin

Felicia Hayes
Felicia Hayes (Photo Courtesy: Boyd Co. Detention Center)

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (AP) – Authorities say 8 female inmates were taken to the hospital after overdosing on heroin at a Kentucky jail.

News outlets report Boyd County Detention Center Jailer Joe Burchett says it happened Saturday night. Burchett says the women were hospitalized after snorting heroin in a jail bathroom. They were treated with the overdose-reversing drug Narcan. All survived and were released hours later.

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Inmate Felicia Hayes is accused of smuggling the drug into the jail when she was arrested on drug trafficking charges Thursday. Burchett says the drug was likely secured in a body cavity, evading the standard strip search. The facility doesn’t have an x-ray machine.

Police recovered both heroin and cocaine from the scene.

The eight women were charged with promoting contraband. Twenty-four-year-old Hayes faces additional charges including drug possession.


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