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First responders wear respirators during suspected drug probe in Weathersfield

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Some first responders in the Valley are treating drug stops in cars more carefully since they are seeing an increase in exposure to powerful opioids like Fentanyl and Carfentanil.

A recent example was seen Wednesday afternoon at an accident scene outside on West Liberty Street in Weathersfield Township.

Troopers tell 21 news that they suspected a driver of being under the influence of drugs during the accident.

Firefighters called to the scene wore respirators so that they could tear out a portion of the car's carpeting for testing.

Earlier this month an East Liverpool police officer needed to be revived using four doses of the opiate overdose reversal drug Narcan after coming in contact with Fentanyl during an arrest.

EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that troopers requested the respirators for themselves.

Lt. Robert Sellers of the Ohio State Highway Patrol issued a statement saying, "While we do take extra care to protect ourselves, we did not request respirators."

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