Florida police officer treated for overdose after exposure to fentanyl

A Florida police officer received three doses of Narcan after being exposed to fentanyl and reportedly overdosing during a traffic stop on Tuesday.

Shocking video shows the moment Tavares officer Courtney Bannick was given the drug to reverse the opioid overdose, as she lay motionless by the side of the road just after midnight.

According to local reports, Bannick found narcotics – which police believe contained the deadly drug – in a rolled-up dollar bill in the vehicle she and the other officers stopped.

Shortly thereafter she began to breathe.

Another officer at the scene heard her choke over her radio and was out of breath and walked over. He noted that she was “floating in and out of consciousness and required immediate medical attention,” the Tavares Police Department said in a press release obtained by Click Orlando.

This officer and two others placed Bannick on the floor and quickly administered Narcan. She was brought back and spoke before losing consciousness again and appearing to have stopped breathing, bodycam footage released by the department shows.

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The officer was given three doses of Narcan.
Tavares Police Station

“She was completely lifeless. She looks dead in these videos,” said Tavares Police Det. Courtney Sullivan told Fox 35 Orlando. “That’s why she’s very grateful today.”

In total, officers gave Bannick three doses of Narcan before an ambulance arrived and took her to a nearby hospital. She is expected to make a full recovery.

Officials believe Bannick, who wore gloves while handling the narcotics, may have been exposed to the wind, which blew the drugs into her body. Officials planned to test the substance at the station rather than at the crime scene because it was so windy.

“I’ve done it the same way a hundred times. It only takes a while and a minimal amount,” Bannick said. “I am grateful that I was not alone and had help immediately.”

She called for the alarming video to be released to raise awareness of the dangers of fentanyl.

“If the other officers weren’t there, there’s a very good chance and probability that today would be different and we’d be wearing our thin blue line — the ribbons that go over our insignia,” Sullivan said.

Those arrested by officers who allegedly had the drugs in their possession face possible criminal offences. Their names have not been released because they have not yet been charged, the department said.

https://nypost.com/2022/12/14/florida-cop-treated-for-overdose-after-exposure-to-fentanyl/ Florida police officer treated for overdose after exposure to fentanyl

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