Police officer accidentally overdoses after drug arrest in Ohio

Justin Buckle
Cortez Collins

Patrolman Chris Green entered the auto to stop the driver, identified as 25-year-old Justin Buckle, from destroying potential evidence, authorities reportedly said.

East Liverpool patrolman Chris Green stopped a suspicious auto and found two people inside trying to rub a white powder into the car's carpet, according to NBC News.

After Buckle and passenger Cortez Collins, 24, were arrested, patrolman Green followed station protocol for handling drugs by putting on gloves and a mask when he searched the auto.

After arresting the two men, East Liverpool Police Officer Chris Green was winding down his shift in the police station's break room when one of his colleagues pointed out he had something on his uniform. The drug is so powerful, it can get into the body simply through skin contact.

"When I got to the scene, he was covered in it", Green said, referring to the drug. When Green collapsed at the station, NBC reported that he needed four doses of the opioid antidote Narcan to revive him. Police are cracking down, but that means they are also opening themselves up for danger.

"I started talking weird", he said. Green was grabbed before he fell unconscious to the floor and was given one dose of Narcan right away. Because opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil are so potent and so deadly, Lane said he'd like to see the transport and sale of them to be a considered a stronger crime.

Green accidentally overdosed after responding to a drug-related call Friday night.




He said when they first asked the suspects what the substance was, they told police it was cocaine.

The powdered narcotics had spread throughout the suspect's vehicle, and apparently on officer Green as well.

"I never dreamed something so risky would be such a minute powder", he said. The drug was actually the synthetic opioid, fentanyl, which is 50 times stronger than heroin.

Lane said that the accidental overdose could have been deadly.

When asked how he could go back to the job Green said, "I grew up wrestling, football, MMA boxing my whole life I've always had that competitive drive".

Buckel is expected to be charged with felonious assault in relation to the exposure from the suspected drugs. It's a very powerful drug that is often mixed with heroin.

Lane said the substances found in the vehicle will undergo testing but he has no idea when those results will be returned, noting he still has not received results from tests done on a traffic accident involving an overdosed couple and a little boy a year ago which made global headlines.

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