OH police officer accidentally brushes Fentanyl off shirt, overdoses

Police officer accidentally overdoses during traffic stop

In a testament to the power of the deadly drug known as fentanyl, a police officer in OH suffered a near-fatal overdose after an unknown quantity of the synthetic opioid was left clinging to his shirt following a traffic stop on Friday.

Police told WFMJ that Buckle attempted to rub a white powder into the floor of the vehicle when Officer Chris Green intervened to stop him. He said the suspects tried to hide it by smashing it into the carpet.

"The passenger side floor also contained an amount of white powder".

Buckle and Collins were arrested, and Green searched the auto, using gloves and a mask, as outlined in department protocol.

"When I got to the scene, he was covered in it. Otherwise, I followed protocol".

Just moments later, Patrolman Green reportedly started feeling sick and dizzy.

Meanwhile, Patrolman Green returned to the police station and was standing around talking to some colleagues when one of them pointed out that he had some white powder on his shirt.

Captain Wright says most people think they are using heroin.

"I felt a presence over my right shoulder and I saw my fiancee crying hysterically, and I felt so bad". I could hear them talking, but I couldn't respond, " Green told the Journal. I was in total shock. The confined space of the auto is what Hoyt thinks likely lead to the OH officer's overdose.

Police say Officer Green is expected to be okay. As his fellow cops looked on stunned, Green collapsed.


Green was released from the hospital Friday.

"I never dreamed something so unsafe would be such a minute powder", he said.

"I still don't remember anything from Saturday", Green said. "I can't wrap my head around (why anyone would take the drugs)".

Buckel and Cortez were both charged with tampering with evidence and remained in custody at the Columbiana County Jail Monday, online records show.

Fentanyl is used as a substitute for opioid-dependent individuals, but it is more risky than heroin because it is "much more potent than heroin and results in frequent overdoses, " according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Drug dealers, in an attempt to stretch their supply and deliver a stronger, longer high, are cutting heroin with the two substances. Wear gloves and masks when responding to any situation where carfentanil or fentanyl is suspected.

East Liverpool Police pulled over a vehicle officers believed was involved in a drug deal. He wants to continue catching drug suspects like he did on Friday. How do we neutralise it?

Just a quarter of a milligram of fentanyl - a few granules - can kill you.

Though Green's experience was life-threatening, it could have been far worse, Lane said. "Their priority is not about anything but that next high". But Green's accidental overdose is another example of Ohio's opiate epidemic and its dangers for police, as well as the public at large.

For answers, we turned to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the Lakewood Police Department and Chris Hoyt, a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado hospital.

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