Five men have returned to the Capricornia Correctional Centre after a mass overdose saw six prisoners rushed to hospital yesterday.
Five men have returned to the Capricornia Correctional Centre after a mass overdose saw six prisoners rushed to hospital yesterday. Contributed

CQ Prison lockdown over following mass overdose

TUESDAY 5PM: THE lockdown at Capricornia Correctional Centre is over after a mass overdose sent six prisoners to hospital on Sunday. 

A Queensland Corrective Services spokesperson said the last of six prisoners who were taken to Rockhampton Hospital was returned to the correctional facility today. 

The spokesperson provided the update at 4pm Tuesday afternoon, saying Queensland Corrective Services continued to assist police with the investigation into the incident. 

10.05AM MONDAY: FIVE prisoners returned to the Capricornia Correctional Centre last night after a mass overdose sent six men to hospital yesterday.

Queensland Corrective Services has confirmed one prisoner remains in Rockhampton Base Hospital.

The five prisoners that have returned are to be placed in the Detention Unit this morning while investigations continue.

The cells of the six men involved have been secured as crime scene and the rest of the unit will remain in lockdown while a full search is conducted by officers.

Other parts of the prison will have a restricted regime to allow officers to participate in the search.

QCS said in a statement they have a wide range of protections in place to attempt to prevent the introduction of contraband including illicit substances into their prisons.

Protections include intelligence activities, searches of those entering the prison, and the use of Passive Alert Drug Detection dogs and scanning facilities.

"We also regularly undertake random searches within the prison for contraband," a spokesperson said.

"Sadly, people go to extraordinary lengths to evade these efforts.

"CSIU are coordinating with local police to interview prisoners to attempt to identify the source of the illicit substance.

If the source is identified, they risk a two year prison sentence."

QCS say incidents like this are stark reminders of the dangers of contraband, and the risk they pose to prisoners, officers and visitors to the centre.

QCS also said the officer who was injured while trying to assist one of the prisoners was assessed at Rockhampton Base Hospital yesterday and is back at work today.

"He and his colleagues did a remarkable job to manage a highly challenging situation," a spokesperson said.

6.15PM: INVESTIGATIONS are under way following the mass overdose at Capricornia Correctional Centre this afternoon.

The prison will remain under lockdown until tomorrow morning, with all prisoners being closely monitored for signs of illness.

The Queensland Police Service's Corrective Services Investigation Unit is working with Queensland Corrective Services, the Queensland Ambulance Service and Queensland Health to establish the cause of the incident.

4.15PM: ALL six prisoners involved with a mass overdose at the Capricornia Correctional Centre have been transported to Rockhampton Hospital for further treatment.

Five of the prisoners were transported by road in a stable condition.

The sixth was airlifted in a serious but stable condition by the RACQ Capricorn Rescue Helicopter Service.

3.45PM: QUEENSLAND Corrective Services have confirmed one correctional officer was injured after a mass overdose at the Capricornia Correctional Centre.

It was confirmed earlier that six inmates had fallen ill after a possible overdose at the prison.

It has now been confirmed that a correctional officer was injured while attempting to render assistance to one of the inmates.

The officer was treated at the scene by Queensland Ambulance Service.

The prison is believed to still be in lockdown following the mass overdose.

2.20PM: THE Capricronia Correctional Centre is in lockdown following a mass overdose of multiple prisoners.

A spokesperson for the Queensland Corrective Services has confirmed six prisoners have 'fallen ill', with initial indications suggesting the symptoms are related to drug ingestion.

The prison is working with Queensland Ambulance Service, Queensland Health and Queensland Police Service to establish the cause of the incident.

The prison has been placed into lockdown and all prisoners are being closely monitored for signs of illness.

The RACQ Capricornia Rescue Helicopter is believed to have been tasked to the prison.

More to follow.

1.45PM: AS many as six ambulance units have responded to a mass overdose at the Capricornia Correctional Centre this afternoon.

A spokesperson for Queensland Ambulance Service confirmed the rescue helicopter has also been tasked to the prison.

At this stage it is unknown where the five men will be transported to.

More to come. 

1.30PM: FIVE males are reportedly being transported to hospital from Capricornia Correctional Centre after a mass overdose at the jail today.

Initial reports from the scene indicate the men had injected an unknown substance and are all reportedly suffering post overdose symptoms.

It is believed all patients are conscious.

Emergency services were contacted at about 12.40pm, with at least three units heading north on the Bruce Highway to respond to the incident at the prison.

More details to come.



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