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Officer overdoses from powder on shirt after drug arrest

Justin Buckle & Cortez Collins Justin Buckle and Cortez Collins
Melissa Porter | 16 May, 2017, 05:51

The epidemic of heroin and opioid addiction sweeping the nation is becoming increasingly deadly.

The suspects then told officers that the drug was in fact fentanyl.

Because of the toxicity of the drug fentanyl, police are no longer testing substances in the field.

A police officer in East Liverpool, Ohio is recovering after authorities said he accidentally touched and overdosed on fentanyl seized during an arrest.

Wright says the officer was fine by Sunday. It was at this time that Buckle and his passenger attempted to destroy the drug evidence by emptying the packet containing the fentanyl drug onto the carpet of the auto floor.

According to the police report, white powder was found on the auto seat, floor and shoes of one of the suspects in the vehicle.

Officer Rob Smith grabbed Green as he fell to the floor, and the arriving ambulance crew began working on the officer and administered a dose of Narcan. Police believe the powder was Fentanyl - a powerful drug that is often mixed with heroin and can get into the body by simply touching it. Officers called 911 as soon as he passed out.

One of DeWine's alerts was for the drug carfentanil, used to sedate elephants and other large animals.

"Just out of instinct, he tried to brush it off - not thinking", he said. Dealers across the state of OH and beyond have been cutting it into heroin and meth supplies for years now, and the problem is ballooning to astronomical levels.

The incident highlights the chilling danger to police and the public from an extremely powerful opioid that, at its most potent, just a few granules can kill.

East Liverpool Police Chief John Lane said the officer is lucky the effects hit him before he left the station.

"We have kits in our vehicle that. we have gloves, bags". We double bag all our evidence that we don't know what it is anymore because of the threat of fentanyl & carfentanyl.

If it gets any worse, we could see officers wearing masks, Synan said. "We have safety goggles so it doesn't absorb through our eyes".

"They called an ambulance for him and the ambulance responded for him", said Wright.

"If you really think about this, these weapons could be used as weapons of mass destruction".