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St. Charles County patrol officers, canine recover after drug exposure

Two patrol officers and a canine assigned to the St. Charles County Police Department are recovering after being administered Narcan following drug exposure.

Around 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 6, an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle occupied by two subjects on Opal Drive. One occupant admitted to having possession of methamphetamine, which was confiscated as evidence. A canine officer was dispatched to the scene to perform an exterior search of the vehicle. The dog alerted on the scent of drugs and both suspects were taken into custody.

Approximately 30 minutes later, the canine began vomiting and acting lethargic. The handler administered Narcan on the canine, then immediately rushed to an animal hospital where the second dose of Narcan was provided. Less than two hours later, the responding officers demonstrated similar symptoms. One officer was transported by a supervisor for medical treatment. The other officer self-administered Narcan and was transported for treatment. A preliminary investigation revealed that the officers and canine were exposed to a substance believed to be fentanyl.

Charges are being sought against both suspects for possession of a controlled substance.

In November 2015, the St. Charles County Police Department was the first law enforcement agency in the St. Louis region to train and authorize officers to carry and administer Narcan, an opioid overdose reversal medication. The department is grateful that the officers were able to take immediate action to prevent fatal overdoses and that all involved are doing well.

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