Officer accidentally overdoses during traffic stop

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East Liverpool patrolman Chris Green responded to a traffic stop Friday after two suspected drug dealers were seen performing a drug transaction in a auto, according to a police report obtained by WKBN.

"If he would have been alone, he would have been dead", Lane said. People are mixing fentanyl with heroin and other drugs - increasing the likelihood of accidental overdose.

"God was surely looking over me", Green said.

The incident is a harrowing reminder of the dangers first responders are exposed to when dealing with an American drug epidemic that has left some OH communities crippled, including Columbiana County and the city of East Liverpool, officials said. Two men in the vehicle are suspected of tearing apart plastic bags and spreading the powder throughout and trying to stomp it into the floorboards. This entails putting a small amount of the confiscated drug into a vial containing chemicals. The paramedics previously called to the station for Buckel began tending to Green, immediately giving him a dose of the opioid antidote Narcan.

Two men were arrested during the traffic stop, and both were placed in the Columbiana County jail.

"We changed our procedures to where we used to field test drugs", Wright added.

The drug epidemic continues to get worse.

Back at the station, it was one of his fellow officers who drew attention to the white powder on Green's shirt.

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"Even in the hospital, we monitor people very closely when we give them this drug because taking too much of it can make someone stop breathing", Hoyt said.

So first responders take extra precautions. The drug can get into the body just through contact with the skin.

The officer is expected to be alright. "They had to give him a few more doses and they were able to save his life", said Chief Lane.

"God was surely looking over me", Green said.

About an hour after officers had returned to the police station Buckel indicated he was not feeling well, and an ambulance was called.

Police said when they pulled the men over, the pair was "moving wildly about inside the auto".

Lane said it is still not known what drug was on Green's shirt when he got sick.

"Officer Green does a great job and it was just a freak accident that he would accidentally bump up against something while he was searching this vehicle and for him to drop out like that is shocking".

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