Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre: An inmate died Thursday morning, the third this summer

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A third inmate in three months has died at Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre (EMDC), The Free Press has learned.

London police confirmed they were called to the provincial jail at 7:30 a.m Thursday on an ambulance call, where a man was pronounced dead.

A source told The Free Press the death was from an overdose, but nothing has been confirmed.

It truly is the “summer of death,” one source inside EMDC said. “Sad, but true.

“How many more deaths does the province need before they do something?”

EMDC has no body scanner in its main building that can detect drugs hidden inside body cavities, and the province says it won’t get one until fall.

Correctional officers do not carry naloxone, the drug that can stop an opioid overdose, and coroner’s inquests into previous deaths have identified problems in addiction awareness, withdrawal training and treatment at EMDC.

As well, sources say, EMDC has endured consistent lockdowns this summer that have prompted bored and discouraged inmates to use drugs.

Correctional officers say they are overwhelmed by the amount of addiction and mental illness among inmates in Ontario jails.

Creating the perfect storm at EMDC is the onslaught of the deadly opioid fentanyl into London this summer.

Raymond George Major, 52, died June 6 after hanging himself in his cell, apparently during a harrowing withdrawal from fentanyl.

Mike Fall, 47, died July 30. He had a heart condition but also used illicit drugs.

Correctional officers said they saved two inmates from overdoses the same weekend Fall died.

The death Thursday brings the total number to 10 in the past eight years at EMDC. Eight have those deaths have occurred in the past four years.

rrichmond@postmedia.com


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