The opioid crisis is continuing to make headlines. While most of the news focuses on drug users, recently released body camera footage shows the risk fentanyl-laced drugs pose to local law enforcement. While the moment the officer was exposed to the substance isn’t in the footage, the events that transpired after show what it took to potentially save his life.
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The Columbus police officer was taking part in a drug-related arrest along with other members of law enforcement. During the incident, he came in contact with a substance that, according to a report by the Daily Mail, may have been laced with fentanyl, a potentially deadly opioid.
After realizing a fellow cop was exposed, the other officers sprang into action.
“What is that? What is that you have?” an officer asks the suspect. “No, no, no. What is that that you have in the car?
The suspect tells the cop that the substance is called “icer.” The officer continues questioning the suspect, asking directly if the substance contains fentanyl.
“Not that I know of,” the suspect replies.
Law enforcement officers weren’t immediately able to determine if fentanyl was an ingredient, so they grabbed their field kits and Narcan, a medication that is squirted up the nose and can counteract the effects of fentanyl.
They can be heard reviewing the instructions before rushing the Narcan over to the affected officer. Another officer administers the Narcan, providing guidance to the cop that was exposed to the substance.
The officer that was exposed begins to cough and gag, shifting his way towards the open driver’s side door of his police vehicle.
As he reaches the doorway, he begins to slump over as he moves toward the ground. Other officers assist him, ensuring he doesn’t fall as they help him lay down.
One of the other cops indicates that help is on the way before the video ends.