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11 cops treated for airborne fentanyl exposure

September 14, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
11 cops treated for airborne fentanyl exposure

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Law enforcement officials in Hartford, Connecticut say eleven police officers fell sick during a drug raid because of airborne fentanyl exposure.

In a released statement on Twitter, Deputy Chief Brian Foley said the eleven SWAT team members fell ill after exposure to airborne fentanyl, which is often used to increase the potency of heroin, on Tuesday night while executing a search warrant in the Hartford neighborhood of Asylum Hill.

Doctors treated the officers at a local hospital for exposure to the deadly opioid mixture, all of whom were later released, the Associated Press reported.

According to Foley, the cops immediately show symptoms of ‘dope’ sickness from airborne fentanyl exposure including light-headedness, headaches, sore throats and nausea.

Police arrested three suspects in the raid, recovering three-quarters of a pound of raw heroin, 50,000 bags of heroin, fentanyl, along with drug packaging materials and two firearms.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, Heroin laced with Fentanyl, which is a powerful painkiller, has caused thousands of overdose deaths nationwide and has worsened the opioid epidemic in the U.S. over the past five years.

Health officials say incidents of police officers falling ill due to airborne fentanyl exposure have also surged to unprecedented levels nationwide. So far authorities have not reported any fatalities from exposure to the drug.

However, a recent report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), suggests police agencies on local, state and federal levels have had to implement new safety measures because of the substanial threat the powerful narcotic poses to police officers.

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