Officer Nearly Dies From Fentanyl Overdose After Ohio Traffic Stop

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (KDKA/AP) — Police say an Ohio officer suffered an accidental overdose after a drug arrest when he touched powder on his shirt without realizing it was the powerful opiod fentanyl.

Patrolman Chris Green assisted in searching a vehicle operated by Justin Buckel, where suspected drugs were found scattered about near East Liverpool Friday night.

Green patted the man down, noticing he was covered in a white powdery substance, which police now believe was the opioid fentanyl, 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.

Fentanyl can be absorbed through the skin, and a few specks can kill an adult.

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The officer did not wear gloves, but says he otherwise followed protocol.

An hour after the officers returned to the police station, Buckel said he was not feeling well and an ambulance was called.

Then, as officers were standing around and talking, someone told Green he had some powder on his shirt, and he brushed at it with his hand to wipe it off.

“I started talking weird. I slowly felt my body shutting down. I could hear them talking, but I couldn’t respond. I was in total shock. ‘No way I’m overdosing,’ I thought.”

A fellow officer grabbed Green as he began to fall to the floor. The paramedics previously called to the station for Buckel began tending to Green, immediately giving him a dose of the opioid antidote Narcan.

A total of four doses of Narcan had to be administered to completely revive him.

Buckel is expected to be charged with felonious assault in relation to the exposure from the suspected drugs.

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One Comment

  1. Jon Goode says:

    So, where is the fentanyl coming from ? It has to be created in a lab , which means most likely a Pharmaceutical company ,protected by our government.

  2. You couldn’t pay me enough to be a cop.. especially in Pittsburg..

  3. Brian Koran says:

    According to the article, the suspect was covered in powder. And the officer almost died from a tiny bit on his shirt. So shouldn’t the suspect be dead already? Something doesn’t add up here.

    1. Jim Ferenzi says:

      Hey Brian, I’m actually PRESCRIBED this medication, and have been on it for the last 2 years, my current dosage, is 75 MICROGRAMS per hour, notice the dosing that I just said, 75 MICRO grams. and I barely have any reaction to it at all, however if YOU took this dosage, at BEST, you’d be stoned out of your MIND, for hours.

  4. If your body is used to the drug and he has come to be dependant on it, it wouldn’t affect the suspect like it did the officer. This was most likely the first time he was in contact with that type of drug. Fentanyl is a serious pain reliever that is prescribed at your local WALMART from certain doctors.

    1. Jim Ferenzi says:

      Exactly Thomas, you understand exactly what this, an what ANY opioid is capable of, a simple explanation is like this, a NEW Heroin user, might only need a “Dime” bag, to get his “Fix”, for a day, however someone who’s been using for YEARS, would most likely need ten times that amount, to get the same reaction as the new user.

      This is the reason WHY, ALL opioids are potential KILLERS, however, when your body is in REAL physical pain,nothing works as well as Opioids. (But, this is also the reason why so very many people nowadays are hooked on everything from Vicodin (Norco) to this one possibly THE most powerful Narcotic there.

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