On Friday, June 22, 2018, about 1:30 pm, an ACSO Sergeant and Detective assigned to the Alameda County Narcotics Task Force were exposed to a lethal dose of fentanyl while conducting a drug investigation in a motel room.
Our preliminary review of this incident suggests when the detectives entered the room, they were exposed to an invisible or microscopic dust cloud of suspected fentanyl residue. This residue was likely connected to a supply of drugs found in the room.
Immediately upon entering the room, the ACSO Detective began to feel ill and was pulled outside. He then went unconscious and into respiratory distress. Realizing his partner was likely suffering the effects of an unintended exposure, the Sergeant administered one ampule of Narcan (Naxolone) to the detective. This initial dose had no effect so the Sergeant administered a second dose of Narcan to the Detective. This second dose reversed the effects of the overdose and the Detective regained consciousness and began breathing normally.
About this time, we believe the Sergeant was contaminated with fentanyl residue from treating the Detective. He was over come by overdose symptoms and became seriously ill. He did not lose consciousness but was in distress. As only one dose of Narcan remained on scene, a decision was made to save it in event another officer or the sergeant became incapacitated.
Paramedics responded to the scene and both detectives were transported to the hospital where they were admitted. We are thankful to say that both officers are expected to make a complete and full recovery.
Due to the fact, this is an undercover investigation, we will not be identifying the officers, suspects or location of the incident.
ACSO began a Narcan program as a direct result of the opioid crisis facing America. We learned from incidents around the country that first responder were being exposed and overdosed by fentanyl. Simply doing our job around this substance can be lethal. We are thankful we had the foresight to see a situation like this coming. There is no doubt our detective is still alive because of our program and a tragedy averted. In addition we also issue Narcan for our K9 teams.
Sgt. Ray Kelly
Public Information Officer