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ACI correctional officers rushed to ER after fentanyl exposure

NBC 10 News has learned that two correctional officers were rushed to Rhode Island Hospital on Friday after being exposed to fentanyl. (WJAR)

At least two correctional officers were sent to Rhode Island Hospital on Friday afternoon after being exposed to a white, powder substance, NBC 10 News has learned.

Officers from the Adult Correctional Institutions' Special Investigations unit were testing the white substance, which was found in small bags at the facility, when they were exposed to the powder. The white powder later tested positive as fentanyl.

Both officers were exposed to the drug either through handling or through the air and both were given Narcan and will be ok, Richard Ferruccio, president of the Rhode Island Brotherhood of Correctional Officers, told NBC 10 News.

The emergency comes one day after union officials were discussing meeting with Dept. of Corrections management on setting up standards and protocols.

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