Officer Chris Green responded to a traffic stop around 8:50 p.m. Police say they witnessed 25-year-old Justin Buckle perform a drug transaction - so officers blocked his vehicle to keep him and passenger Cortez Collins from driving away.
When Buckel and passenger Cortez Collins, 24, realized they were being stopped by the police, they allegedly tried to get rid of material officials believe was fentanyl.
An East Liverpool police officer finished his first shift back on the job Tuesday after being out since Friday when he accidentally overdosed. Police said fentanyl can enter the body simply through contact with the skin.
Green overdosed at the station an hour later and was immediately treated with a dose of Narcan, a medication that blocks the effects of opioids. Narcan, the life-saving anti-overdose drug, was administered FOUR TIMES, to Green, finally saving his life.
"I started talking weird", he said. Authorities blocked the vehicle in, so that Buckle and his passenger, 24-year-old Cortez Collins, could not flee the scene. However, a version of the drug called Carfentanil, which is used as a tranquilizer on large animals, is 10,000 times more potent than morphine. Two detectives were hospitalized last August in New Jersey after accidentally inhaling drugs during a field test, and the following month 11 SWAT officers fell ill in CT after being exposed to suspected fentanyl powder during a bust.
"They're sitting there talking, decompressing. and someone said to him, 'You got something on your shirt.' He brushed it off and they went back to talking", Lane told InsideEdition.com.
The officer is expected to be alright.
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"I was in total shock", Green told the Morning Journal of Lisbon, Ohio.
"I remember seeing my chief, and colleagues, and my fiancée was balling her eyes out and I knew something bad just happened", Green said.
Captain Wright says their department no longer field tests drugs for fear they might inhale a deadly substance.
"I still don't remember anything from Saturday", Green said.
Buckle, of East Liverpool, and Collins, of Cleveland, were charged with tampering with evidence.
It's been eight months since the town's opioid crisis made national news, and Lane said very little has changed. Officers found the suspects trying to destroy the drug evidence.
Wright says fentanyl and carfentanyl, opiods containing drugs used to tranquilize elephants, are often ingested under the assumption it's heroin.