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2 Alameda County Officers Hospitalized After Being Exposed To Fentanyl

Holly Quan
June 26, 2018 - 6:55 pm

Two members of the Alameda County Narcotics Task Force were hospitalized after being accidentally exposed to fentanyl on Friday.

Sheriff's Sergeant Ray Kelly told KCBS Radio it happened while a sergeant and detective were conducting a drug investigation at a motel. After the detective entered one of the rooms, he began to feel ill. He left the room, began experiencing respiratory distress and lost consciousness.

The sergeant recognized the symptoms as signs of an opioid overdose and administered a dose of Narcan. But the anti-overdose medication did not revive the detective, so he administered a second dose and it was at that point that his colleague regained consciousness.

The sergeant then began to experience symptoms himself but did not lose consciousness and refrained from taking the last dose of Narcan for fear that he or someone else would fall critically ill in the drug-tainted environment. 

It appeared the detective was exposed to fentanyl dust which may have gotten on his body and face, Kelly said. The sergeant possibly came into contact with the drug when he tried reviving the detective. 

Paramedics took the pair to a hospital and they are both expected to make a full recovery. Kelly credited the county's Narcan program with saving both officer's lives.