Police officer overdoses after brushing fentanyl powder off uniform

Justin Buckle
Cortez Collins

An hour later, Green passed out at the station after contact with the powder.

Patrolman Chris Green entered the auto to stop the driver, identified as 25-year-old Justin Buckle, from destroying potential evidence, authorities reportedly said.

When Buckel and passenger Cortez Collins, 24, realized they were being stopped, the pair allegedly tried to get rid of the evidence that officials believe was fentanyl, Lane said.

Police said Officer Green followed protocol for handling drugs and wore gloves and a mask as he searched the suspects' vehicle.

While standing around waiting for the ambulance, someone told Green he had some white powder on his shirt, and Green, not thinking, immediately brushed it off with his bare hands.

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Within minutes of returning to the police station, Green began to feel the affects of an opioid overdose.

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.

Wright told the station Green was "fine" as of Sunday.

The drug threatens the safety of police and first responders.

"I started talking weird", he recalled to the Morning Journal.

Officers said Buckle and the passenger, Cortez Collins, 24, were moving around the auto when they approached. Because opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil are so potent and so deadly, Lane said he'd like to see the transport and sale of them to be a considered a stronger crime.

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The suspects then told officers that the drug was in fact fentanyl.

Police say Officer Green is expected to be okay.

"I still don't remember anything from Saturday", Green said. The drugs are so strong - 100 times more powerful than heroin in some cases - that touching or inhaling even a tiny amount can be fatal.

"Never in a million years did I think I would be in the hospital for something that serious, for overdosing, said Green".

In response, departments are urging officers to assume that numerous drugs they encounter include the opioid, regardless of what a suspect may say. He wants to continue to catch drug suspects like he did Friday.

"If he would have been alone, he would have been dead", Lane said.

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Buckle is a resident of East Liverpool, and Collins lives in Cleveland. But Green's accidental overdose is another example of Ohio's opiate epidemic and its dangers for police, as well as the public at large.

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