Cincinnati officer hospitalized after touching ‘unknown illicit substance’


CINCINNATI, OH (WCMH) – A Cincinnati police officer was hospitalized Tuesday after touching an “unknown illicit substance.”

WLWT reports the officer reported feeling lightheaded after touching the substance during a traffic stop.

“We believe an illegal substance, maybe our highest suspicion would be fentanyl, or something like that,” Fraternal Order of Police President Sgt. Dan Hils told WLWT.

“It’s my understanding, (the officer) did not have gloves on at the time and it was an exposure to the hand.”

The officer was released from the hospital Tuesday evening.

This is the second such incident in Ohio in the last week. An East Liverpool officer accidentally overdosed after coming into contact with suspected fentanyl. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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