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Ohio Police officer has near fatal fentanyl overdose after accidental exposure during traffic stop

May 16, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Ohio Police officer has near fatal fentanyl overdose after accidental exposure during traffic stop

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Ohio Police officials say an officer overdosed on fentanyl after he had accidentally gotten exposed to the drug during a traffic stop on Friday.

According to East Liverpool Police Chief John Lane, officers stopped a vehicle linked to reported drug activity driven by a suspect identified as Justin Buckel.

As the officers approached the car, they discovered the suspect attempting to dispose of illegal narcotics.

Lane said Patrolman Chris Green performed a search of the vehicle and found suspected drugs scattered around the interior.

Green frisked Buckell without protective gloves after noticing he was covered with a white powdery substance, which police now believe was the deadly opioid, fentanyl, CBS News Pittsburgh reported.

A white powdery substance that East Liverpool police were told was the opioid fentanyl can be seen on the floor and seat covers of this vehicle. Credit: Morning Journal

Minor exposure to fentanyl can be fatal to an adult.

Cops subsequently arrested Buckell and transported him to the stationhouse.

However, an hour later Buckell started complaining of feeling ill and officers called an ambulance.

As officers waited for the ambulance, a colleague told Green he had powder on his uniform, which he unwittingly wiped off with his bare hand.

Moments later Green said he began feeling strange.

“I slowly felt my body shutting down. I could hear them talking, but I couldn’t respond. I was in total shock. ‘No way I’m overdosing,’ I thought,” Green told CBS Pittsburgh.

Green reportedly fell to the floor, and officers immediately began treating him with Narcan, which is used to revive victims of opioid overdose.

Lane said officers had to administer a total of four doses of Narcan to revive Green.

Police have since charged Buckel with felony assault linked to the exposure from the suspected narcotic.

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