Officials: 2 probation officers sickened by fentanyl exposure

Officials: 2 probation officers sickened by fentanyl exposure

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Medics responded to a downtown government building after two probation officers came in contact with a potent opiate drug, according to county dispatchers.

The officers were likely sickened from exposure to Fentanyl, dispatchers said. The drug had been confiscated from a client in Hartwell and then returned to the fifth floor of the Broadway Street building.

The pair started feeling sick and were taken to University of Cincinnati Hospital. Fire officials said they experienced "light" symptoms from contact with the drug.

"Two of the probation officers started exhibiting opioid overdose symptoms," Cincinnati Fire District Chief Lou Arnold said.

Symptoms including nausea and a racing heart rate, according to the chief.

Fentanyl is a powerful drug that is nearly resistant to Narcan and can be absorbed into the body simply by making contact with the skin. It is often mixed with heroin and carfentanil, also a deadly opioid.

Authorities initially said the probation officers encountered fentanyl, but police say they will have to test the drug to confirm that.

"Police did test it and it came back negative for heroin, but it has not been tested for fentanyl yet," Arnold said.

The building, located at 800 Broadway Street, houses the juvenile court, housing probation and adult services. Authorities responded to the fifth floor around 1:30 p.m.

Earlier this week two Cincinnati Police officers became sick and were taken to the hospital after they came into contact with an unknown substance during separate traffic stops

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