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Officer almost dies from drug overdose after traffic stop

An East Liverpool Police officer while responding to a drug-involved call Friday night accidentally touched Fentanyl and overdosed Report: Officer Nearly Dies From Overdose After Ohio Traffic Stop
Montrelle Montesinos | 15 May, 2017, 19:48

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. When cops blocked their vehicle, police say the men began trying to dispose of the evidence, and white powder ended up all over the inside of their auto.

East Liverpool police Capt. Patrick Wright says the officer had followed protocol and wore gloves and a mask when searching a vehicle during the drug arrest.

Within minutes of returning to the police station, Green began to feel the affects of an opioid overdose.

A police officer accidentally overdosed after becoming exposed to fentanyl during a traffic stop.

"Chris is a big strong guy he's an ex-MMA fighter he's 225 pounds all the muscle and it overtook him just like that", Patrick Wright, Captain at the East Liverpool Police, said.

Wright says fentanyl and carfentanyl, opiods containing drugs used to tranquilize elephants, are often ingested under the assumption it's heroin. Green followed police policy by putting on his gloves and mask before searching the vehicle. Meanwhile, Justin Buckle, 25, and Cortez Collins, 24, face drug charges after their Friday night arrests. But Wright says the officer later instinctively wiped his shirt when another officer noticed powder on it. Police believe the powder was Fentanyl.

Captain Wright says their department no longer field tests drugs for fear they might inhale a deadly substance.

He got one dose of Narcan at the police station then he was transported to East Liverpool City Hospital where he was given three additional doses of Narcan. "Fentanyl is 100 times stronger than heroin; carfentanyl is a thousand times stronger than that", Wright said.

Both Buckle and Collins have been charged with tampering with evidence.