Carfentanil has made its way to Tennessee in the last three weeks. Recently an officer in Ohio almost died just from touching carfentanil, so the Tennessee Highway Patrol said their officers are no longer field testing drugs. THP officers are now wearing gloves and protective clothing to stay safe. They have eight interdiction drug teams across the state, and they recently confiscated 20 pounds of Fentanyl.|
"This is a different ball game altogether. If you take something and don't know what it is, you could be dead in one minute." So far the TBI said they have tested 10 samples of carfentanil in Tennessee.
|Patrolman Chris Green was called in as backup in East Liverpool, Ohio. Back at the police station later that evening, Green noticed some bits of the powdery white substance on his uniform. He wiped it off with his bare hands. As his fellow cops looked on stunned, Green collapsed. Green’s fellow cops gave him a dose of Narcan in nasal spray form and took him to the hospital, where doctors were forced to administer three more doses.|
Drug overdoses killed a record 3,050 people in Ohio in 2015, and 1,155 of those deaths were linked to fentanyl, more than twice as many as the previous year.