Accidental Fentanyl Overdose Nearly Kills Ohio Patrolman After Traffic Stop

Justin Buckle
Cortez Collins

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

According to the police report, East Liverpool Police blocked in a blue Monte Carlo after watching 25-year-old Justin Buckle allegedly perform a drug transaction with Cortez Collins, 24, the car's passenger at the bottom of Lisbon Street at West 8th Street.

The drivers tried to get rid of the evidence, but left white powder all over the auto.

After arresting the men, Green and his fellow officers followed station protocol for handling drugs by wearing gloves and a mask as they searched the vehicle for evidence, authorities said.

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. Police said fentanyl can enter the body simply through contact with the skin.

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Within minutes of returning to the police station, Green began to feel the affects of an opioid overdose. He ended up in the hospital but is OK after multiple doses of the overdose-reversal drug Narcan.

Paramedics were already at the station tending to Justin Buckle, 25, the driver of the vehicle, and diverted their attention to Green.

Although, he had used gloves and a mask while handling the substance at the crime scene, a small portion of it had remained on his uniform, reports said.

An Ohio police officer has returned to work after an accidental fentanyl overdose sidelined him for days. Wright says most people think they are using heroin.

Police say Officer Green is expected to be okay.

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Fentanyl is used as a substitute for opioid-dependent individuals, but it is more unsafe than heroin because it is "much more potent than heroin and results in frequent overdoses, " according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

In response, departments are urging officers to assume that numerous drugs they encounter include the opioid, regardless of what a suspect may say.

Patrolman Chris Green reportedly entered the auto and stopped Buckle from destroying the evidence.

"He's lying on the couch", Lane said.

Wright also noted that due to the extent of the drug crisis in this country, police departments have been forced to make changes in their protocol. "All you have to do is walk into any room, flip it in the air, and people are going to start dropping out", Wright says. One of the dangers of this drug is that the drug dealers might not realize that the drug they are selling is fentanyl or has fentanyl mixed in as one of its ingredients.

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Buckle, of East Liverpool, and Collins, of Cleveland, are being charged with tampering with evidence.

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