Bags of heroin, some laced with fentanyl, are displayed before a press conference regarding a major drug bust, at the office of the New York Attorney General, September 23, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Patrolman Chris Green of the East Liverpool Police Department responded to a traffic stop Friday evening after officers blocked in a vehicle they believed was involved in a drug transaction, according to CBS affiliate WKBN-TV in Youngstown.
“There was white powder on the seat, on the floor, on the guys’ shoes and on his clothing.”
Police arrested both the driver and passenger in the vehicle, identified as 25-year-old Justin Buckle, of East Liverpool, and 24-year-old Cortez Collins, of Cleveland, and searched the vehicle.
WKBN-TV reports that after Green conducted the search and returned to the police station, a fellow officer noticed Green had white power on his shirt.
“Just out of instinct, he tried to brush is off — not thinking,” Wright said.
An hour later, Green passed out in the police station, suffering from a suspected overdose from the white power, which police believe was fentanyl. Police said fentanyl can enter the body simply through contact with the skin.
“They called an ambulance for [Green] and the ambulance responded for him,” Wright said. “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.”
Wright told the station Green was "fine" as of Sunday.
Wright added that the incident is an example of how the drug epidemic has forced officers to change aspects of their jobs.