November 28th, 2012
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Contraband alcohol is believed to have sickened at least seven Arizona inmates, who are receiving antitoxins for suspected botulism poisoning, officials said Tuesday.

Pinal County communications director Heather Murphy said inmates began showing symptoms at the Arizona State Prison Complex Eyman in Florence.

Four inmates become seriously ill Saturday. By Monday, seven inmates were in intensive care, all suffering from some form of paralysis, officials said.

"It is suspected that the inmates came in contact with the toxin from homemade prison 'hooch,' made from fermented fruit," said Murphy. An eighth inmate was transported for observation, but Murphy said "his condition has not reached a threshold that the medical team and CDC believe antitoxin should be administered."

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  1. Silly

    Let 'em drink it – and die! rather than spend more tax dollars on drugs to keep them alive, and on the dole! No brainer . . .

    November 28, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  2. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    Like I've said before; Toilet Wine is the best!

    November 28, 2012 at 11:03 am |
  3. M T Nest

    Ew, I got a little nauseous reading that. Can't imagine how they felt. :(

    November 28, 2012 at 9:31 am |
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