Duluth police were involved in a hazmat situation after fentanyl spilled in a patrol vehicle Wednesday. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

Police officers exposed to fentanyl after spill in vehicle

GBI officials are reviewing packing procedures after two Duluth police officers were exposed to a fentanyl spill in a patrol SUV on Wednesday.


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The officers were transporting fentanyl from the GBI crime lab about 12:45 p.m. when they noticed it spilled in the vehicle, Duluth police spokesman Ted Sadowski said.

The police department parking lot in the 3200 block of Buford Highway was immediately quarantined.

Hazmat crews used water hoses to clean surfaces that may have been exposed to the dangerous drug, according to Channel 2 Action News.

Sadowski said the spill looked like a bag of flour had tipped over.

“It was pretty scary being so close to, you know, to something that can kill you with the smallest grain,” Sadowski told Channel 2.

Both officers are expected to be OK.

Fentanyl, also known as Actiq, Duragesic or Sublimaze in its prescription form, is a potent painkiller developed in the 1960s to treat extreme pain.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, strains of fentanyl can be 50 times more powerful than morphine.

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The drug was cited in the death of music legend Prince, and has contributed to nearly 400 deaths in Georgia in a five-year period, according to an analysis of data by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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