Officer Chris Green was involved in a traffic stop on May 12 when a white powder ended up on his skin, causing him to overdose.
According to a police report, officers had corralled a blue Monte Carlo at West 8th Street after observing the driver, 25-year-old Justin Buckle, perform what was believed to have been a drug transaction.
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.
When Green got back to his police station, another officer noticed he had some of the white powder on his shirt, Wright said.
Officer Christopher Green said he wanted to get back to work as soon as possible following the incident when he came in contact with fentanyl.
Emergency workers gave Green a dose of Narcan at the station and three more doses at the hospital. Narcan, a life-saving anti-overdose drug, was administered to Green, saving his life, according to multiple reports. Buckel will also likely be charged with felonious assault in connection with Green's exposure to the drug.
"I value every employee in this city and, ultimately, their jobs fall on me".
It was last week when Green was on the scene of a drug arrest where the two suspects allegedly tore open bags of drugs, allegedly in an attempt to destroy evidence.
Fentanyl and carfentanil have been blamed in part for exacerbating America's deadly opioid epidemic.
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The suspects then told officers that the drug was in fact fentanyl.
The vehicle stopped by police on Friday was being driven by Buckel and is registered to Susan Pritt, also of the Avondale address, according to police, and Lane said Monday she has contacted him several times since Friday in an attempt to have the auto returned.
Initially, Green and the other officers suspected the substance was crack cocaine. The drug was actually the synthetic opioid, fentanyl, which is 50 times stronger than heroin.
"I never dreamed something so risky would be such a minute powder", he said.
"We changed our procedures to where we used to field test-drugs", Wright said.
In East Liverpool, officials said Patrolman Green followed protocol in his encounter with the drug and is lucky to be alive.
The dangers that drugs like fentanyl and carfentanyl pose to drug users and first responders has become a national crisis. What if he went home and got it on his family members?
Both of the men in the vehicle are initially charged with tampering with evidence.