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FOP leader after officer hospitalized by illegal drug exposure: 'One day we'll be gloved'

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An officer was treated and released from a hospital for exposure to an unknown illicit substance Tuesday afternoon, according to Cincinnati police.

The District 1 officer reported feeling lightheaded after contact with the illegal drug, police said.

The officer came in contact with the substance during a routine traffic stop, they said in a Tweet.

The powerful opioid fentanyl can be absorbed through the skin or inhalation, but police have not confirmed this was the drug the officer was exposed to.

[Officer overdoses from powder on shirt after drug arrest]

The officer was treated at University of Cincinnati Medical Center and released Tuesday evening in good condition, police said in a Tweet.

An investigation into the incident remains ongoing.

The leader of the union that represents Cincinnati police, Sgt. Dan Hils, said the officer's hand was exposed to a powder-like substance as the officer checked the car for drugs.

Sgt. Hils declined to identify the officer.

"As the opioid crisis becomes more severe and the mixtures of drugs on the street become more potent, it becomes more dangerous for everybody involved including first responders.

"I think what is going to be coming down is more equipment and more training," Sgt. Hils said. "At some point, all these officers are going to have to have gloves that prevents needle sticks but you can still operate your firearm and equipment and would prevent substances like these from being absorbed into the skin. One day we'll be gloved."

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