Massachusetts officers taken to hospital after responding to fentanyl OD

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Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic narcotic that is estimated to be 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin, and 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, according to state officials.

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Two police officers in Massachusetts were taken to the hospital Friday after they were exposed to fentanyl while responding to an overdose.

Police say there was a fender bender after a driver passed out behind the wheel. When emergency responders arrived, they say they found three men who had overdosed on fentanyl. The men required doses of Narcan.

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"In the process of treating them, they administered Narcan, well over 10 doses of Narcan between the three of them," Deputy Fire Chief John Quatieri said.

Officials found a white, powder substance on the seats after the men got out of the van. Chelsea fire then called in a hazmat team to decontaminate the scene.

The three men in the van were taken to the hospital. Two police officers were also taken to the hospital as a precaution after they reported feeling light-headed.

Exposure to fentanyl has become a constant concern for emergency responders.

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