Danville officers fall ill after being exposed to drug during arrest

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Police officers typically know what they’re signing up for when they choose to put on a uniform but there’s a hidden danger to the job we’re hearing about more… drug exposure.

Two officers are recovering after being exposed to what police believe was either fentanyl or a heroin-fentanyl mixture Friday.

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Lexington Police Lieutenant Matt Brotherton says officers get dispatched daily to calls where someone is overdosing.

According to the Danville Police Department, the officers were assisting a Boyle County Sheriff’s deputy with a call at the Greenleaf Shopping Center around 10:00 a.m.

Police say a woman, 48-year-old Cathy Rogers, was found passed out in a vehicle and was determined to be under the influence of drugs.

Brotherton said it’s something officers all over are trying to prepare for.

“It’s not uncommon for a family member or an officer to expose themselves unwittingly,” Brotherton said, “to someone who isn’t exposed on a daily basis that can prove life-threatening.”

According to Danville police, the officers were searching the vehicle when they started feeling ill and experiencing symptoms of a drug overdose.

An ambulance was called to the scene and the officers were given Narcan and taken to the hospital, where they were treated and released, according to police.

Rogers was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and wanton endangerment of a police officer.