Families want answers after 2 inmates overdose on heroin at Carroll Co. jail
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Officials in Carroll County are under fire after two inmates were rushed to the hospital after overdosing on heroin, and now their families want answers.
A frantic call from friends led to panic for one mother Tuesday, after hearing that two inmates at the Carroll County Detention Center were rushed to the hospital after overdosing.
"I just wanted to know if it was my kids or not," said the mom, who did not want to be identified. "I called everybody to try to get information to go in and check anybody to make sure that the kids are safe."
But when she called the jail, the woman says officials just blew her off.
"They won't give you no information. They tell you that they're safe and that's all they can tell you."
While her son and grandson were fine, the mother learned two distant relatives were not.
According to her, Josh Martin and Renee Rabago overdosed in the jail.
A representative with Kentucky State Police has confirmed that the inmates overdosed on heroin, and that .7 grams of heroin was found inside the jail. Both inmates were hospitalized and KSP says one was released back to the jail.
Martin, 22, remains at University Hospital in Louisville on life support, according to his family.
Now the families of the overdose victims want to know how they got their hands on heroin in jail.
One mother says there's no way visitors could smuggle it in.
"You're behind a glass and behind a wall, and you've got to talk to them on the phone. So there's no way a visitor could take it into the jail."
We asked to talk with the jailer, but were told he was out of town. And KSP couldn't tell us more -- leaving families upset and confused.
Another relative posted on the WDRB Facebook page when she heard the news, saying drugs are extremely easy to get in jail. Now families are demanding that jailers fix the problem. She says "Carroll County residents should be aware that there's drugs being smuggled in the Carroll County jail and the inmates are not safe."
We're told Carroll County Jailer Michael Humphrey will be out of town until next week.
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