Bartlesville, Okla. (KTUL) — Coming into contact with dangerous drugs is something that happens often on the job for police officers.
In Bartlesville, one officer had a scary exposure to fentanyl over the weekend, which led to several treatments of Narcan and hours in the hospital.
"He had become ill, light-headed, basically passed out and fell over," said Sergeant Jim Warring with the Bartlesville Police Department.
According to police, the officer had been packaging methamphetamine that was found during a traffic stop earlier in the day. Officers believe the drugs were laced with fentanyl.
Security video released by the police department shows the officer slowly starts to collapse after coming in contact with the drug.
Seconds later there is a rush of officers coming to the rescue.
"I don't know what would have happened had they not acted so quickly," said Warring.
Warring says the officers quickly gave him Narcan, which is believed to have saved his life.
"That was the first time we've had to use Narcan on one of our own," said Warring. "We're really fortunate that we had it available and that our officers really paid attention to the training."
It's another layer to the opioid epidemic and an eye-opening to what these men and women behind the badge have to deal with.
"Even though the officer may not be physically dealing with an individual, all the evidence and things that we handle on a day to day basis can harm you too," said Warring.
Police say there was another officer who was possibly exposed to fentanyl as well. They were sent to the hospital for treatment.
The department says both officers are okay.