State prison officials still waiting on substance test

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
PCC EDITOR

FORT MADISON – State Department of Corrections officials are still waiting on results of tests being done on a substance that was sent as part of ongoing investigation into what sickened an Iowa State Penitentiary staffer more than a week ago.

Cord Overton, a spokesman for the Iowa Department of Corrections said Friday. test results have not been received yet to identify what substance was on or in a bottle of eye drops that sent the staffer to the local hospital.

“I believe they are doing some extensive testing,” Overton said Friday.

The staff member became extremely ill after coming into contact with an unknown substance that is believed to have come from a bottle of eye drops.

Other staff at the institution quickly quarantined the substance, and the staff member was taken to the local hospital. Her condition was stabilized, and she was released to recover at home.

The substance that is suspected to have caused the staff member to become ill is in custody of the State Crime Lab in Ankeny for testing by the Division of Criminal Investigations.

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