Calif. sergeant administered Narcan after suspected fentanyl exposure at jail
After being exposed to the substance, the sergeant felt ill and became incoherent
By CorrectionsOne Staff
DUBLIN, Calif. — An Alameda County Sheriff’s sergeant and deputy were exposed to suspected fentanyl in the booking center of Santa Rita jail Sunday.
According to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, a woman was being booked into the jail when a deputy located a dark substance rolled into a piece of tissue. The substance didn’t appear consistent with narcotics commonly seen in law enforcement.
The deputy contacted her sergeant who also examined the substance. Both were wearing gloves during the examination.
A short time after, the sergeant began to feel ill and started showing symptoms related to opioid exposure. The deputy showed similar symptoms, but to a lesser degree. A dose of Narcan was administered to the sergeant to reverse the effects of the exposure.
The deputy, sergeant and another officer were decontaminated and transported to a local hospital for treatment and monitoring. They were later released without further issues.
The substance will be sent to a crime lab for analysis.
In 2017, sheriff’s office launched its Narcan Program with an initial 200 dosage units. The drug has been used several times to treat deputies and community members. The sheriff’s office has expanded the program to about 1000 dosage units and assisted other agencies in setting up similar programs.