Possible Fentanyl Overdose Sends Two Oklahoma County Deputies to the Hospital

KOKH - July 14, 2023 6:12 am

A possible Fentanyl exposure sends two Oklahoma County sheriff’s deputies to the hospital on Tuesday night.

They were serving an eviction notice in Midwest City when it happened.

Deputies had to administer Narcan to each other.

Oklahoma County deputies are back on the job just a day after a scary incident.

“The apartment, you could see needles on the floor and drug paraphernalia,” deputy Alfredo Correa said. “The apartment had a chemical smell.”

Minutes after the deputies left, they say they started feeling strange.

“Shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, just a strange feeling,” deputy Melody Norton said. “My arms were burning.”

“I was nauseous,” Correa said. “My skin was burning and my face was tingling. I was sweating and breathing hard.”

They pulled over at a nearby gas station to let dispatch know they had to use Narcan.

After hours at the hospital, doctors say they were probably poisoned with Fentanyl because it absorbs into the skin.

Sheriff Tommie Johnson III says he is thankful for the deputies dedication to their job.

“I want to thank these two deputies for going out and doing their job with the level of professionalism that we expect and the citizens of Oklahoma County expect,” Johnson said.

Narcan can be bought over the counter.

Deputies say it’s a good idea to keep on hand because it reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.

 

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