Incident That Hospitalized 4 Inmates Under Investigation

SMITHFIELD – Four inmates at Johnston Correctional Center were treated and released at a local hospital following a possible overdose. Several EMS units responded to the prison, on US Highway 70, on Monday.

Correctional staff said they observed four offenders on the yard who were suspected of being under the influence of an unknown substance.

After a medical assessment, they were transported as a precaution by Johnston County EMS to an outside medical facility.

All four offenders were treated and returned to facility that same day.

The incident remains under investigation by Johnston Correctional staff. The names of the inmates involved, including what they may have taken, was not disclosed.