Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

OH cop almost dies after accidental OD during traffic stop

OH cop almost dies after accidental OD during traffic stop

Patrolman Chris Green of the East Liverpool Police Department had just finished searching the auto of two suspected drug dealers and was back at the police station when another officer spotted some white powder on his shirt.

The police report says that after officers blocked a blue Monte Carlo, Justin Buckle, 25, and his passenger, Cortez Collins, 24, attempted to dispose of the evidence.

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 auto.

Green patted Buckel down, noticing he was covered in a white powdery substance, which is now believed to be fentanyl - an opioid that can be absorbed through the skin. They administered Narcan and transported Green to the hospital where three additional doses were given to revive him.

Fentanyl bonds tightly to the protein in your body that gives the drug its effect, Hoyt said.

The issue started when Officer Green watched two men perform what was suspected to be a drug transaction.

East Liverpool Police Chief John Lane told Fox News that Officer Chris Green had arrived at the police station after the stop and everything seemed to be fine.

Green said he mostly followed protocol for inspecting the vehicle, putting on gloves and a mask after patting down the men.

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"Just out of instinct, he tried to brush it off - not thinking", he said. "Fentanyl is one hundred times stronger than heroin carfentanyl is a thousand times stronger than that".

Mercer said officers have gloves and bags in their cars for when they are working a call where a suspicious powder is involved.

An eastern OH officer was revived with four doses of Narcan after he accidentally came into contact with fentanyl during a traffic stop and overdosed.

He added it's a scary example of how the drug epidemic has forced police officers to change aspects of their job.

Just then, one of the officers pointed to a small amount of powder on Green's shirt and he quickly wiped it off with his hand.

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

For law enforcement, it's a potentially life-threatening situation. "I'm not sure he even realized this was drugs". The confined space of the auto is what Hoyt thinks likely lead to the OH officer's overdose. That's when an ambulance was called, and Green was treated for the overdose.

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