Experts say the effects of fentanyl can be felt when absorbed through the skin or accidentally inhaled, making the drug hazardous to anyone who comes into contact with it.
However, once the patrolman had made it back to the police station, another officer told Green that he still had some of the white powder on his shirt.
But when he got back to the station, another officer noticed Green had white powder on his shirt.
A police officer in OH got a lesson the hard way on just how potent the opioid fentanyl can be.
Green received an additional three doses of Narcan at the hospital.
As with the infamous photograph of the couple overdosed in the auto with the child past year which went viral, Allen and Lane said the incident involving Green has gained national attention since the story first was published on Sunday. When Green collapsed at the station, NBC reported that he needed four doses of the opioid antidote Narcan to revive him.
"I value every employee in this city and, ultimately, their jobs fall on me".
Paramedics were already at the station tending to Justin Buckle, 25, the driver of the vehicle, and diverted their attention to Green. 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.
Fentanyl, which has been linked to hundreds of overdosing deaths across the country recently, particularly in OH, poses an enhanced threat because simply touching the powder can put a first responder at risk, officials said.
Overdose calls come in spurts, Lane said.
Initially, Green and the other officers suspected the substance was crack cocaine.
"He said, 'I don't feel good, ' and passed out", Lane said.
The incident highlights the danger to police and the public of accidental exposure to fentanyl, which is 50 to 100 times more powerful than heroin, according to COAT, which is led by Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services.
"[Drugs] are not only killing the people willing to shove it into their own veins, now they're killing people like me and my family", Green told the Morning Journal newspaper.
Though Green's experience was life-threatening, it could have been far worse, Lane said.
The drug itself has been linked to a dramatic rise in fatal drug overdoses nationwide, as addicts seek out its powerful high and many succumb to the added dangers that entails. He wants to continue catching drug suspects like he did on Friday.
Wright also noted that due to the extent of the drug crisis in this country, police departments have been forced to make changes in their protocol.
Buckel, the suspect in the East Liverpool case, was arrested and faces felony drug charges.