OH officer accidentally overdoses after touching Fentanyl during drug response

OH officer accidentally overdoses after touching Fentanyl during drug response

Officer Chris Green responded to a traffic stop around 8:50 p.m. Police say they witnessed 25-year-old Justin Buckle perform a drug transaction - so officers blocked his auto to keep him and passenger Cortez Collins from driving away.

And that's what Officer Chris Green did late Friday when he responded to a traffic stop and found the driver and his vehicle covered in a white powder, he told Morning Journal of Lisbon, Ohio.

East Liverpool police officer Chris Green had just made a drug arrest when he returned to the police station and another officer noticed something on his shirt. Carfentanil - which has been used as an elephant tranquilizer - sufentanil, acrylfentanyl, furanylfentanyl and other powerful opioid drugs can also be absorbed through the skin or by inhalation, according to Dr. Jason Pickett, an emergency physician at Miami Valley Hospital, and a member of The Greater Miami Valley Emergency Medical Services Council (GMVEMSC).

A police officer is speaking out about how he nearly died from a freak overdose as he battled to take deadly drugs off the streets. "They gave him one dose of Narcan here and then transported him to East Liverpool City Hospital, where they gave him three additional doses of Narcan".

The drug threatens the safety of police and first responders.

"I started talking weird", he said. Green told the Morning Journal he was feeling better on Saturday. The passenger was Cortez Collins, 24, of Cleveland. Lately, police officers have warned of even stronger fentanyl analogues and mixtures, like a nasty blend of pharmaceuticals called "Gray Death", hitting the streets. I could hear them talking, but I couldn't respond.

Police say Officer Green is expected to be okay.

When asked how he could go back to the job Green said, "I grew up wrestling, football, MMA boxing my whole life I've always had that competitive drive".

Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin.




"We double bag all our evidence because of the threat of Fentanyl and Carfentanyl", Wright said.

"We're going to try and seize that vehicle and destroy it".

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

Lane said that the accidental overdose could have been deadly.

"We just don't have the resources to do it", he said.

The suspects, Buckle and Collins, have been charged with tampering with evidence.

Wright also noted that due to the extent of the drug crisis in this country, police departments have been forced to make changes in their protocol.

One of the reasons is an apparent rise in the illegal use of the powerful painkiller fentanyl.

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