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The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections announced Wednesday that all state correctional institutions were on “immediate lockdown” after multiple staff members were reportedly exposed to an “unknown substance.”

Department Secretary John Wetzel said in a statement that the state prisons would stay in lockdown mode indefinitely, and that all corrections mailrooms would be closed to nonlegal mail until further notice. The news came after staff members at a fourth prison required treatment in recent weeks from exposure to a yet-unidentified substance that’s been described as a liquid synthetic drug.

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“The safety and security of our employees is my No. 1 concern,” Wetzel said. “We will do whatever it takes to ensure the safety of our staff.”

The announcement came just hours after 24 guards, inmates and nurses at Ross Correctional Initiation in Ohio also were affected by “substance exposure.”

Troopers told local media it was not immediately clear what the substance was, but it might have been fentanyl, WCMH-TV reported. Police said “several doses of Narcan were administered to the victims, and an additional 300 Narcan doses are available at the facility.”

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