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Published: Wed, May 17, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Orlando Mckenzie

Officer overdoses during traffic stop

Officer overdoses during traffic stop

It is believed that Green inadvertently came into contact with the potentially deadly opioid fentanyl, which is 50 to 100 time more powerful than morphine and can be absorbed through the skin.

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.

Police told WFMJ that Buckle attempted to rub a white powder into the floor of the vehicle when Officer Chris Green intervened to stop him.

When Green got back to his police station, another officer noticed he had some of the white powder on his shirt, Wright said.

After arresting the two men, East Liverpool Police Officer Chris Green was winding down his shift in the police station's break room when one of his colleagues pointed out he had something on his uniform. The paramedics previously called to the station for Buckel began tending to Green, immediately giving him a dose of the opioid antidote Narcan.

Green is now recovering at home and will return to work when he feels better, wfmj.com reports. The passenger was Cortez Collins, 24, of Cleveland.

Fentanyl and carfentanyl contain a substance used in tranquilizing elephants. Two detectives were hospitalized last August in New Jersey after accidentally inhaling drugs during a field test, and the following month 11 SWAT officers fell ill in CT after being exposed to suspected fentanyl powder during a bust.

Overdose calls come in spurts, Lane said.

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Green isn't the first police officer to get sick from synthetic opioids.

"At the time, no one was sure what was going on, until we realized he must have overdosed on fentanyl", Lane said.

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

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

Green told the Morning Journal that drugs "are not only killing the people willing to shove it into their own veins, now they're killing people like me and my family".

"Gray death" is a particularly unsafe mixture of heroin, fentanyl, carfentanyl and other synthetic opioids, and it has likely made its way to Michiana. He said that this incident was an example of how police are forced to change the way they do their jobs do to this scary drug epidemic.

Both of the men in the auto are initially charged with tampering with evidence.

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