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East Liverpool officer recovering at home after accidental overdose

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The East Liverpool police officer who accidentally overdosed on suspected fentanyl after making an arrest this weekend is recovering at home.  

Patrolman Chris Green is expected to return to work when he is feeling better.  

The East Liverpool police chief tells 21 News additional charges will be filed against the two men who are suspected of dumping the white powdery substance in their car in an effort to conceal it prior to the stop.

Fentanyl is a medication that is commonly used in a hospital that can produce positive outcomes.

However, on the street, it continues to kill people.

"It would make you drowsy, sleepy, reduce your respirations to the point where it could make you, it could kill you by not giving you the drive to breathe," said chief clinical officer Dr. James Kravec with Mercy Health.

Dr. Kravec says fentanyl is reserved for people experiencing severe pain such as patients undergoing chemotherapy or people who are in hospice care.  

"Lately, it has become more a drug of abuse," said Dr. Kravec.

A person can absorb fentanyl in a number of different ways.  

Typically, in the hospital patients are given lollipops or patches.  

People can absorb the medication simply by touching it.  

While it is controlled in the hospital, there is no way of knowing how much is too much on the street.

"We don't know how it is formulated.  We don't know.  Sometimes they are cut.  Sometimes they are laced with other substances and so really the unknown occurs," said Dr Kravec.

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