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8 NYPD Officers Sickened by Toxic Fumes at Suspected Drug Lab

September 01, 2017  | 

Eight New York Police Department officers were taken to the hospital early Friday after entering an alleged drug lab in Queens and inhaling fumes believed to have been from a highly toxic synthetic opioid, law enforcement sources said.

The officers complained of light headedness and nausea after responding to a pre-dawn call at the six-story building in Rego Park. Police sources believe they were sickened by fumes from the drug fentanyl, reports NBC New York.

Image: NYPD/Facebook
Image: NYPD/Facebook

Officers initially had been called about a man who appeared to be high on heroin; that man was taken into custody. The apartment may also have been a drug mill, a place where street drugs are mixed. In this case, it's believed heroin was being mixed with fentanyl, a growing trend.

The entire midnight shift of the NYPD's 112th Precinct ended up needing medical care. They are all expected to be OK, the sources said.


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Allan P King @ 9/21/2017 1:20 PM

During an arrest my and most Police Officers biggest fear "BEING STUCK BY A DIRTY NEEDLE". All Officers keep that in mind at all times, it is deadly.

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