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Campbell Police Officer details near overdose experience

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Campbell Police Officer Ryan Young is recovering well after being one of the four officers exposed to a powdery while drug while on the job Friday.

Now that he's recovering, he's speaking out about Issue One, asking all Ohio voters to consider his situation before voting.  

"It essentially felt like I was dying," said Young.

That's how Young described the moments after he and his fellow officers Melissa Williams, Chris Carson and Samantha Peak came into contact with what they suspect was heroin laced with fentanyl.

The situation was caught on surveillance camera in Campbell court as 34-year-old Christopher Patton allegedly handed off suboxone to his girlfriend, who was in police custody facing a felony narcotics charge.

"At that point, I ran after the gentleman that was in court because he took off running," said Young. "He got in his car and he was about to take off. I placed him in handcuffs, pulled out his wallet, ran his ID to my dispatch to let them know who we have in custody. At that point, when I touched his driver's license, it was actually covered in suspected heroin. That is what he advised us."

About ten minutes later, he began to feel the effects.

"My face started burning, tingling, I got light headed. I got a really bad headache, I started seeing white and black dots on my hands," said Young. "When Life Fleet checked my pulse, they said my numbers were off the charts for being the age I am."

Patton is booked into the Mahoning County Jail on charges of drug abuse (drug possession), illegal conveyance of weapons and driving under suspension revocation or restriction.

While he was being arrested, Young and the three other officers were being decontaminated and taken to the hospital.

"They had to shut down one of the wings in the hospital we were in," said Young. "While they were decontaminating us, one of the nurses became contaminated and started going through the symptoms we were going through as well."

Young said after being treated with Narcan to stop him from overdosing, he wants Ohio voters to consider this while at the polls and to vote no on Issue One.

"Now, if Issue One passes, they're going to allow you to carry up to 20 grams of fentanyl, crack cocaine, anything with those means," said Young. "It's only going to be a misdemeanor. Twenty grams of fentanyl can kill 10,000 people. It's not okay. I barely touched a little bit of what I believe is speculated fentanyl and it almost killed me. Imagine if 20 grams would have touched me."

While State Issue One has become a highly contentious election topic in Ohio, Young believes a no vote is necessary to keep law enforcement and others safe.

Proponents of Issue One argue the issue would provide more treatment for those with substance abuse problems, rather than jail time. 

Young and the other officers affected are expected to return to work Tuesday. 

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