PortandTerminal.com, March 14, 2020
Oklahoma police officer collapses, given overdose-reversal drug Narcan after fentanyl exposure.
BARTLESVILLE, OK – A security camera in the Bartlesville police station captured the moment an officer collapsed after he was exposed to the dangerous opioid fentanyl.
The unidentified officer was immediately given Narcan, an opioid overdose drug, by his fellow officers. He was then taken to a hospital and given several more Narcan doses.
The incident occurred while the officer was packaging up evidence from a traffic stop earlier in the day, KTUL reported.
Police recovered a substantial amount of methamphetamine during the traffic stop and the officer was packaging it up and logging it into evidence when he began to feel woozy.
“He had become ill, light-headed, basically passed out and fell over,” Bartlesville Police Sergeant Jim Warring told KTUL.
Surveillance video from inside the police station showed the officer standing at a table full of evidence wearing gloves as he handled packages.
He appeared to be chatting with someone else on the other side of a counter.
Then suddenly, the officer turned and braced himself between the counter and the table with his arms.
Seconds later, the video showed he collapsed to the floor.
Just as he was falling, other officers raced into the room to assist him.
“I don’t know what would have happened had they not acted so quickly,” Sgt. Warring told KTUL.
The sergeant said officers quickly administered Narcan to the unconscious officer and most likely saved his life when they did so.
Officials believe the methamphetamine taken into evidence was laced with fentanyl, and exposure to that opioid caused the officer to collapse, KTUL reported.
“That was the first time we’ve had to use Narcan on one of our own,” Sgt. Warring said. “We’re really fortunate that we had it available and that our officers really paid attention to the training.”
He said that incidents like the officer’s exposure to fentanyl highlight the dangers for first responders of dealing with the prevalent opioid drugs.
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