Dayton area residents may be in danger of suffering a drug overdose simply by coming in physical contact with drugs that contain fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid commonly mixed with heroin.
Officers said they witnessed Justin Buckle, 25, perform a drug transaction in the auto, and officers blocked the vehicle to keep Buckle and passenger Cortez Collins, 24, from attempting a getaway.
After Buckle and passenger Cortez Collins, 24, were arrested, patrolman Green followed station protocol for handling drugs by putting on gloves and a mask when he searched the vehicle.
After the arrests, Green and fellow officer Rob Smith were finishing paperwork Friday evening at the police station when another officer noticed something on Green's shirt.
Within minutes, Green says he began to feel the effects of the drug, which can be absorbed into the body through contact with the skin.
A police officer has ended up in hospital after overdosing by accidentally touching a highly potent drug.
Wright says the officer was fine by Sunday. "The last thing I think I remember is falling backwards into the door", Green recounted. Inside was a Cleveland man who had warrants out for his arrest on drug charges. In the midst of arresting two people, a little bit of Fentanyl or Carfentanil got on his uniform.
The incident is a reminder of the risky that police officers often face while dealing with the drug epidemic that has left communities crippled.
"They called an ambulance for [Green] and the ambulance responded for him", Wright said.
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Officer green is expected to recover.
In East Liverpool, officials said Patrolman Green followed protocol in his encounter with the drug and is lucky to be alive.
He says they also have Narcan close by at all times, because you never know when you'll need it.
Buckel and Cortez were both charged with tampering with evidence and remained in custody at the Columbiana County Jail Monday, online records show.
Lane said that the accidental overdose could have been deadly. What if he went home and got it on his family members?
Patrolman Chris Green reportedly entered the auto and stopped Buckle from destroying the evidence.
Wright added that the incident is an example of how the drug epidemic has forced officers to change aspects of their jobs.
The drug itself has been linked to a dramatic rise in fatal drug overdoses nationwide, as addicts seek out its powerful high and many succumb to the added dangers that entails.