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Fentanyl-Laced Flyer Sends Texas Deputy to the Hospital

(Video via KHOU.com)

By    |   Wednesday, 27 June 2018 06:40 PM

A Texas deputy was treated at the hospital Tuesday after handling a flyer believed to be laced with fentanyl.

When the Harris County sergeant found the flyer on her patrol car's windshield, she removed it and soon felt woozy, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told reporters, according to ABC 13 News Fentanyl is a strong and potentially deadly opioid. 

"She picked it up and didn't think anything of it, but as she drove to her destination she began feeling a little bit lightheaded and having a few other symptoms," said Gonzalez.

The deputy went to the hospital where she was treated for possible fentanyl exposure and released.

A subsequent investigation revealed at least 10 vehicles were posted with the same flyer, USA Today reported. One of them came back positive for being was laced with fentanyl, although the flyer on the sergeant’s vehicle did not test positive for the dangerous drug.

"We're on high alert at this time because, obviously, with this being a police facility, we don't know if it was intended to target law enforcement or perhaps it was just randomly placed here," Gonzalez said, USA Today reported.

The area where the flyers were discovered is in the vicinity of the Harris County Sheriff's department's violent crime unit and homicide division.

The danger of exposure to the drug left authorities shaken.

"Someone could have died. The fact it is now being used against officers is a game-changer," said Harris Co. Pct. 1 Constable Alan Rosen, ABC 13 reported.

In an effort to stay ahead of the situation, law enforcement officers are being provided with Narcan, an emergency opioid overdose treatment, ABC 13 reported.

"We want to arm our officers with Narcan so it can be there in the event that they get accidentally exposed. This is just part of what an officer has to encounter these days," added Rosen.

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