East Liverpool police officer recounts near fatal exposure to po - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

East Liverpool police officer recounts near fatal exposure to powerful drug

Posted: Updated:
Chris Green Chris Green
EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio -

An East Liverpool Police officer's brush with a potentially deadly drug won't sway him from continuing to perform his duty.

Officer Chris Green was back on the job Tuesday, speaking with 21 News just days after he was accidentally exposed to an opiate many times more powerful than heroin.

It was last week when Green was on the scene of a drug arrest where the two suspects allegedly tore open bags of drugs, allegedly in an attempt to destroy evidence.

The powdered narcotics had spread throughout the suspect's car, and apparently on officer Green as well.

After the arrests, Green and fellow officer Rob Smith were finishing paperwork Friday evening at the police station when another officer noticed something on Green's shirt.

"I instinctively reached around to pull the tail of my shirt to the front, by then it was already too late,” said Green. “I had placed my thumb, and index finders in it and tried to brush it off. I don't know if it went through my skin or if it became airborne when I wiped it off, or a combination of both.”

After a couple of minutes went by, Green told officer Smith he didn't feel right, and that something was wrong. “I just started mumbling. The last thing I think I remember is falling backwards into the door," Green recounted.

Medics who were at the police station administered the opiate overdose reversal drug Narcan to Green.

Four doses of Narcan later, the next thing Green recalls is waking up in the hospital..

"I felt a presence over my right shoulder and I saw my fiancee crying hysterically, and I felt so bad. It was heartbreaking,” said Green.

After noticing that his police chief, EMT's, firefighters and fellow officers were also in the hospital, Green knew something bad had happened.

“Never in a million years did I think I would be in the hospital for something that serious, for overdosing, said Green. “You sign up for a job, you know is dangerous, your thinking of guns, robbers, and knives. You're not thinking that a particle of dust or drug killing you."

Green says he is grateful he never made it home since he could have exposed his dogs, fiancee, and family to the deadly substance.

His close call provides a cautionary tale for officers and other first responders on the front lines of the battle against the opiate epidemic and powerful drugs such as Fentanyl and Carfentanil.

When asked how he could go back to the job Green said, "I grew up wrestling, football, MMA boxing my whole life I've always had that competitive drive. I am not letting drug dealers win, you may have almost killed me, but your not going to win, you're not going  to come to this city and bring that poison."

  • More From wfmj.comHot ClicksMore>>

  • Critics: NFL decision chooses mainstream appeal over players

    Critics: NFL decision chooses mainstream appeal over players

    Thursday, May 24 2018 11:57 AM EDT2018-05-24 15:57:11 GMT
    (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File). FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, middle, kneels during the national anthem before the team's NFL preseason football game against the San Diego Chargers...(AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File). FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, middle, kneels during the national anthem before the team's NFL preseason football game against the San Diego Chargers...
    Critics say the NFL's decision to force players to stand during the national anthem if on the field say the policy prioritizes the league's mainstream appeal over athletes.More >>
    Critics say the NFL's decision to force players to stand during the national anthem if on the field say the policy prioritizes the league's mainstream appeal over athletes.More >>
  • What is lava haze? A look at Hawaii's latest volcanic hazard

    What is lava haze? A look at Hawaii's latest volcanic hazard

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 3:45 PM EDT2018-05-22 19:45:48 GMT
    (U.S. Geological Survey via AP). In this image provided by the U.S. Geological Survey, lava from fissure 20 enters the ocean near Pahoa, Hawaii on Sunday, May 20, 2018. The volcano that is oozing, spewing and exploding on Hawaii's Big Island has gotten...(U.S. Geological Survey via AP). In this image provided by the U.S. Geological Survey, lava from fissure 20 enters the ocean near Pahoa, Hawaii on Sunday, May 20, 2018. The volcano that is oozing, spewing and exploding on Hawaii's Big Island has gotten...
    White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass are billowing into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano pours down a hillside and into the ocean.More >>
    White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass are billowing into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano pours down a hillside and into the ocean.More >>
  • School shooting victims killed attempting to ward off gunman

    School shooting victims killed attempting to ward off gunman

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 2:57 PM EDT2018-05-22 18:57:28 GMT
    (AP Photo/Fareed Khan). Abdul Aziz Sheikh, center, father of Sabika Sheikh, a victim of a shooting at a Texas high school, shows a picture of his daughter in Karachi, Pakistan, Saturday, May 19, 2018. The Pakistani foreign exchange student is among tho...(AP Photo/Fareed Khan). Abdul Aziz Sheikh, center, father of Sabika Sheikh, a victim of a shooting at a Texas high school, shows a picture of his daughter in Karachi, Pakistan, Saturday, May 19, 2018. The Pakistani foreign exchange student is among tho...
    An outgoing and 'really funny' student who blocked the door to try to prevent the gunman from entering the classroom and an exchange student who aspired to work in civil service were among the 10 people killed at a...More >>
    An outgoing and 'really funny' student who blocked the door to try to prevent the gunman from entering the classroom and an exchange student who aspired to work in civil service were among the 10 people killed at a Texas high school.More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms