Officers in Sterling treated for opioid exposure after responding to overdose

Two Sterling police officers and a State Police trooper were treated for opioid exposure after they responded to a fatal drug overdose, police said Saturday.

Authorities responded to Lucas Road shortly after 9:30 p.m. Friday after receiving a report that a man was unresponsive, according to a statement from Sterling police. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Several small bags of an unidentified powder-like substance were found near the deceased, along with some of the same substance poured out onto a table,” the statement said.


While processing the scene, the officers started to show symptoms of fentanyl exposure. They described “feeling dizzy and nauseous with a tingling sensation,” according to police.

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Sterling Fire Chief David Hurlbut activated a hazmat response, and hazmat technicians and a tactical support unit responded to the scene, the statement said.

The officers were taken to local hospitals, where they were treated for exposure and released.

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