Ohio officer hospitalized by fentanyl helps with CPD training video
COLUMBUS (WSYX/WTTE) —
An East Liverpool police officer recorded a training video with Columbus police Thursday, sharing how he unknowingly came into contact with fentanyl and overdosed after a traffic stop.
Officer Chris Green said he participated in the recording at the Columbus Police Training Academy to save lives.
Green said he accidentally overdosed on the powerful drug after making two drug-related arrest in the May traffic stop.
Upon returning the police station, another officer noticed Green had white powder on the back of his shirt, Green said.
Green said he brushed away the substance with his bare fingers, and he collapsed within minutes.
The powder later tested positive for fentanyl, Green said, and he still wasn't sure exactly how the drug got on his clothing.
Paramedics and hospital staff gave him a total of four doses of the opioid antidote naloxone.
CPD training officer Todd Waugh said he made the video with Green because Columbus officers are encountering fentanyl more frequently, in some areas daily.
CPD officers no long due field testing on drugs due to the potential dangers, Waugh said, and officer have access to respirators and gloves, if needed. Patrol officers also can call the division's specially-trained narcotics unit.
Green reinforced similar precautionary tips, and he also said an officer should never search a vehicle alone.
Waugh said all CPD officers will be required to watch the video, which should be finished by next week.