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Sheriff's deputies hospitalized after possible drug exposure

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Posted at 9:07 PM, Dec 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-21 23:07:59-05

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say at least two northern Arizona sheriff's deputies were taken to a hospital Monday after possibly being exposed to an opioid during a traffic stop and pursuit.

Coconino County Sheriff's Lt. Gerrit Boeck said in a statement that deputies were taking three people into custody when the deputies began to feel sick and experienced symptoms consistent with the ingestion of fentanyl, a powerful painkiller.

Boeck said the deputies were administered naloxone for the opioid-overdose antidote which seemed to mitigate their symptoms but they were taken to Flagstaff Medical Center as a precaution.