Accidental Opioid Exposure to Harrisburg Police Officer
On Friday August 23rd at about 7:20pm an officer with the Harrisburg Bureau of Police attempted a traffic stop in the area of North 18th and Regina Streets. The vehicle fled the stop, but was observed discarding an object from the vehicle while in the area of North 17th and Regina Streets. The officer immediately stopped and secured the item discarded from the fleeing vehicle. The officer then discovered that the item discarded contained a suspected opioid substance. Soon after coming into contact with the discarded item the officer began to recognize they were displaying symptoms and/or effects of a potential exposure to opioids. The officer called for assistance and was soon afterwards administered a dose of Narcan by responding officers from the Harrisburg Bureau of Police and Dauphin County Probation. The officer was then transported to a local hospital for treatment and monitoring. The officer was later discharged, and is expected to make a full recovery.
The Harrisburg Police are still investigating this incident and ask that anyone who witnessed this incident, or has information on the fleeing vehicle, to contact the Harrisburg Police at 717-558-6900 or submit a tip through CRIMEWATCH. Individuals providing tips can remain anonymous, and tips may be eligible for a Crime Stoppers reward.
The Harrisburg Bureau of Police would like to thank all EMS, Medical, and Law Enforcement personnel that assisted in this incident.