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Three Ohio nurses treated with Narcan after exposure to fentanyl

Investigators said the nurses were treated with Narcan, the drug used to revive those who overdose on heroin or fentanyl. (Courtesy: WJW via CNN Newsource)

Three Ohio nurses treated for fentanyl exposure after they helped to treat an overdose.

According to FOX 8 Cleveland, the three nurses were working at Affinity Medical Center when they were exposed.

"They were cleaning up the room and started to feel sick and then that left them waking up in a hospital bed basically," said Massillon Police Detective Shaun Dadisman.

Investigators said the nurses were treated with Narcan, the drug used to revive those who overdose on heroin or fentanyl.

"It shuts down your breathing. It shuts down your system so you get to the point where you're not breathing on your own. And you need that boost and that Narcan is what takes that away so it helps you to recover quickly," Dadisman said.

Law enforcement and medical personnel have been forced to come up with new policies and protocols to handles similar cases.

"I think there will be continued changes -- gloves, masks. And the problem with our first responders, police officers and our nurses and stuff, is you don't know immediately what you're dealing with," Dadisman said. “After the fact you may know, but it may be too late.”

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