Skin contact with unknown substance sends officer to hospital

Posted at 1:52 AM, May 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-24 07:57:48-04

CINCINNATI -- A police officer was hospitalized Tuesday after contact with an "unknown illicit substance" during a traffic stop left him feeling sick and light-headed, according to the Cincinnati Police Department.

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The officer was later released from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in good condition, the department tweeted, but the substance had been sent to a lab for analysis. 

Although the officer in this incident was unharmed, a fellow police officer in East Liverpool was less fortunate earlier in the month: He accidentally overdosed on fentanyl, a powerful opioid, after touching it, and needed an overdose reversal drug to regain consciousness.