Meriden police officer recovering after being exposed to fentanyl

Meriden police officer recovering after being exposed to fentanyl

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MERIDEN — A city police officer is recovering after he was exposed to fentanyl while performing life-saving measures on a woman who appeared to have overdosed on View Street Thursday morning.

Police responded to View Street between 9 and 10 a.m. for a report of a suspicious person, according to police spokesman Sgt. Christopher Fry. While at the scene, officers found a woman who they believed was suffering from an overdose.

An officer came in contact with fentanyl while performing life-saving measures on the woman, and became severely nauseated before falling unconscious, Fry said. Hunter’s Ambulance personnel were able to revive the officer.

Both the officer and the woman were administered multiple doses of Naloxone. 

“It just goes to show how lethal these substances can be in very small doses,” Fry said. 

The officer and the woman were taken to MidState Medical Center for treatment and both are expected to make a full recovery, Fry said. Police are not identifying the officer, but said he is a 13-year veteran of the department. The woman’s identity was not available. 

Fry said the substance was seized. The incident is under investigation.

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