Bartlesville police officer treated for fentanyl exposure during traffic stop

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — A routine traffic stop turned into an emergency after a police officer was exposed to fentanyl in Bartlesville.

Bartlesville police said they stopped a vehicle Friday with two people inside and discovered methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia. The two were arrested on traffic and drug charges.

While the officer, who’s name has not been released, was packaging the drugs, the officer noticed that he was experiencing a possible exposure of fentanyl, Bartlesville police said.

The officer was able to tell other patrol officers that were nearby that he was not feeling well and then fell over and briefly became unresponsive, Bartlesville police said.

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The other patrol officers administered Narcan immediately, which is used to treat an overdose.

The officer was transported to Jane Phillips Hospital where he received seven more dosages of Narcan.

Doctors told Bartlesville police the officer had come in contact with methamphetamine that was laced with fentanyl.

Bartlesville police said Saturday the officer who was exposed is doing ok. A second police officer also had some fentanyl exposure, but not as severe.