Evaluation of a New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officer's Unintentional Occupational Exposure to Illicit Drugs [open pdf - 441KB]
"In May 2018, a police chief requested a health hazard evaluation (HHE) concerning unintentional exposure to illicit drugs experienced by a law enforcement officer (LEO 1). The incident occurred during a traffic stop and law enforcement action in June 2017. [...] According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there has been a 100% increase in the rate of overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids (which includes fentanyl and its analogues) in the United States from 2015-2016. It is becoming more common to find illicit fentanyl and its analogues mixed with other drugs, especially cocaine. This has raised concerns about the potential for exposure to illicit drugs among law enforcement officers (LEOs) and other emergency responders who might be exposed to illicit drugs in the course of their work. [...] In June 2018, we met with LEOs directly involved with the incident and a representative from the state's Department of Safety to discuss the incident and related 'after-action' evaluations. We also reviewed the following records:  Police department arrest report and photographs from the incident  Forensic laboratory report of materials (illicit drugs) collected during the incident  Emergency medical services (EMS) and emergency department (ED) records related to the incident"
HHE Report No. 2018-0132-3322
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/