3 Needham Officers Hospitalized For Fentanyl Exposure


Three Needham police officers were hospitalized early Friday for fentanyl exposure while arresting a couple for drug charges.

Needham police were routinely surveying the area when they spotted a suspicious vehicle. “We know they were exposed because it was in a container and at some point, that container was open and that was when the exposure happened,” Schlittler said on Friday.

“With a substance like this that’s so dangerous, the effect it can have immediately on our officers and other people around — we take the greatest level of precautions, we called the HAZMAT (team) to render the substance safe or contained the best we can.”

The CDC finds that in just three months it had been confirmed that fentanyl is the deadliest drug in America. A new report that found the rate of fentanyl overdoses spiked more than 1,000 percent from 2011 through 2016, to 18,335 overdose fatalities in 2016.

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