HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s state prisons are resuming normal visits and all inmates are no longer confined to their cells, 12 days after officials imposed the temporary rules while they addressed a spate of illnesses among guards and prisoners linked to synthetic drugs.READ MORE: North Fayette Township Rallies Together To Support 4-Year-Old Zoey Bair's Battle With Anaplastic Ependymoma
The Corrections Department said Monday toxicology tests confirmed the presence of synthetic cannabinoids in “multiple” employees and that inmate overdoses have been caused by those drugs and other illegal substances.
The agency says more than 50 of its employees and 33 inmates have reported feeling sick and were treated at hospitals over three months ending in August.READ MORE: FEMA Program To Reimburse Families' Funeral Expenses For COVID-19 Related Deaths
The prison system is changing how it handles incoming inmate mail and is imposing new rules on visits.
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