2 California officers briefly hospitalized after fentanyl exposure during traffic jams

Two Huntington Beach police officers were briefly admitted as a precautionary measure after being exposed to a substance containing fentanyl during a traffic stop, authorities said.

Officers pulled over a three-person vehicle inside the area of ​​Beach Boulevard and Madison Avenue around 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, in Midway City, just north of Huntington Beach, officials said.

At one point, officers were exposed to the drug containing fentanyl, but police would not disclose further details.

Orange County firefighters were called in to help around 12:30 a.m. Friday, and a HAZMAT team confirmed the substance contained fentanyl, Fire Chief Sean Doran said.

The three people in the car were assessed but were not driven to the hospital. Instead, they were remanded in custody on suspicion of possession of drugs, among other charges, police spokeswoman Jennifer Carey said.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine, which can kill within two minutes of ingestion, officials have said.

The Orange County Fire Authority warned the Orange County Health Care Agency about the fentanyl exposure.

“Together, we are all on increased alert for it,” Doran said.

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