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Prisoners in Pardubice nearly poison themselves on medicines

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Pardubice, East Bohemia, Feb 9 (CTK) – Eleven prisoners nearly poisoned themselves in the Pardubice prison and they were taken to hospitals on Tuesday, Prison Service spokesman Robert Blanda has told CTK, but he has not confirmed the information of the Czech TV (CT) about the death of one of the inmates.

Blanda refused to comment on the prisoners’ condition.

The case is being investigated, he said.

Pardubice prison director Tomas Kubin told CTK that 11 inmates had been hospitalised on suspicion of intoxication with so far unspecified medicines. He did not confirm one fatality either.

“Our controlling bodied are looking into the case. The convicts are guarded in civilian healthcare facilities,” Kubin told CTK.

CT reported that the prisoners had probably intentionally overdosed themselves on medicines. One them died and two are in a very serious condition, it said.

Emergency service spokeswoman Helena Skuligova told CTK that the prisoners had been transported to a hospital in Pardubice and to nearby Chrudim.

“Two of them were in a serious condition, unconscious, the condition of the others was less serious,” she told CTK.

Rescuers received a report on the case at 16:54. A doctor qualified it as a mass overdose on the spot.

All prisoners were aged from 17 to 21 years.

Pardubice hospital spokesman Dusan Korel confirmed to CTK that several prisoners had been hospitalised there.

“We will not comment on their number and condition. I have no information about a fatal case,” Korel said.

CT said the inmates had probably taken some anti-arrhythmic drugs on purpose. Healthcare personnel pumped out their stomachs. Two of the men had to be resuscitated.

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