State prisons make changes after staff mysteriously sickened


Pennsylvania’s state prison system is tightening security and revamping procedures after 18 staff members were treated at hospitals for exposure to a yet-unidentified substance at three prisons earlier this month.
Corrections Department spokeswoman Amy Worden says state police investigators are testing the substance.
She describes it as a “liquid synthetic drug that’s taking different forms.”
In five separate cases starting Aug. 6, corrections employees exhibited symptoms that required medical treatment at the Fayette, Greene and Mercer state prisons.
Worden says all 18 were treated and released.

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