Police officer reportedly hospitalized after brushing fentanyl off of uniform

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An Ohio police officer was transported to the hospital Friday evening after nearly overdosing from contact with fentanyl, a synthetic opioid nearly 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the Morning Journal.

Officer Chris Green said he responded to a traffic stop call Friday and discovered a vehicle with drugs scattered inside. He said the only time he didn't follow protocol was when he patted down a suspect — who was "covered" in fentanyl — without gloves, according to the report.

Nearly an hour after the officers and the two suspects returned to the police station, one of the suspects said he was not feeling well and police called an ambulance to the station.

Mr. Green said during that time, another police officer pointed out remnants of the suspected drug residue on Mr. Green's shirt, which he wiped off with his hand, according to the report.

Minutes later, Mr. Green told the Morning Journal he "started talking weird" and "slowly felt [his] body shutting down."

Officials transported Mr. Green to the ambulance where paramedics administered a dose of Narcan. Mr. Green said he denied the antidote at first, but later relented. Hospitals officials reportedly administered three additional doses of the antidote to revive him, Mr. Green told the Morning Journal. He was treated and released Friday.

When contacted by the publication Saturday, Mr. Green said he still felt the effects of the drug, claiming his head "[felt] like [it was] in a vice grip, [his] heart [felt] like [he] got kicked in the chest and [his] stomach [felt] like [he had] a case of the flu."

Mr. Green said the suspects may be charged with felonious assault charges for exposing Mr. Green to the drugs, according to the report.

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