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Fentanyl scare at Lancaster rehab facility has workers calling first responders

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Some terrifying moments for workers at the Community Transition Center in Lancaster on Wednesday. Two people were rushed to Fairfield Medical Center after a possible fentanyl exposure. (WSYX/WTTE)

Some terrifying moments for workers at the Community Transition Center in Lancaster on Wednesday. Two people were rushed to Fairfield Medical Center after a possible fentanyl exposure.

Sgt. Lee Hawks with the Major Crimes Task Force said staff found an item they believed or suspected was contraband. “During the discovery of that item, the person felt some symptoms similar to that of someone who could have been exposed to fentanyl. Officers are often exposed to these substances. The big scare with fentanyl is just the smallest part of fentanyl can cause pretty ugly overdose situation,” Hawks said.

Lancaster E.M.S. Captain K.J. Watts said there was no powder, but what was inside the package looked like it was medicine. “It was packaged in almost like a HiC drink pouch where you mix it with water, that kind of thing,” said Watts.

The Major Crimes Task Force is using new technology from Mobile Detect that allows officers to field test for fentanyl more safely. A mobile APP generates a report that can be sent to the hospital, other law enforcement, and prosecutors.

“With the amount of fentanyl that is getting contaminated in other substances this is better safe than sorry,” said Hawks.

“This is very dangerous in small amounts and even carfentanil in small amounts can do some damage to people, we are hyper-aware, we have regrouped and looked at how we approach different scenes,” said Watts.

The Community Transition Center would not talk with us about the emergency response and asked us to leave their building.

The Major Crimes Task Force said the case and substance are still under investigation.

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