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VA officer exposed to opioid while investigating veteran's death

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

A security officer with the Veterans Administration hospital in Cincinnati had to be revived with Narcan after coming into contact with an opioid Tuesday morning, according to a spokeswoman for the Cincinnati Police Department. 

The Cincinnati VA Public Affairs Office said the officer may have been exposed while investigating the death of a veteran at the VA Medical Center.

The veteran was found unresponsive around 9:30 a.m., and attempts to revive him were unsuccessful, the office said. The cause of death is currently under investigation.

The VA officer was given a dose of Narcan and is being monitored at the medical center.

The officer is in good condition.

Authorities deployed a drug-sniffing dog for a drug search of the area. 

The lethality of synthetic opioids has posed a growing risk to first responders simply coming into contact with the drug. 

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