EAST LIVERPOOL - An Ohio Officer says he’s lucky to be alive after he accidentally came into contact with drugs that almost killed him during a traffic stop.
Undercover officer, Chris Green, was helping to arrest two men.
Justin Buckle of East Liverpool and Cortez Collins of Cleveland were pulled over during a traffic stop.
Police say when the suspects were pulled over, they hurried to destroy the drug evidence, pushing the drugs into the carpet of the car
Police Captain Patrick Right says that within minutes of returning to the police station, Green began to feel the effects of what appeared to be an opioid overdose.
Officers called 911 as soon as he passed out.
He received one dose of the drug Narcan at the police station and then was taken to a local hospital where he was given three additional doses of the anti-overdose drug.
According to the United States Drug Enforcement administration Carfentanil and Fentanyl are synthetic opioids.
Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin.
Carfentanil is 100 times more potent than fentanyl and is often used to tranquilize large mammals, like elephants.
The DEA issued a warning in September of last year to police and the public, warning them to be careful with the drug, the dose of fentanyl is similar to just a few granules of table salt.
Green has recovered and is returning to work.