Hickman Sheriff's Office evacuated after worry of fentanyl exposure

Posted at 4:28 PM, Jul 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-19 17:28:46-04

HICKMAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WTVF) — A scare of fentanyl exposure led to the evacuation of Hickman County Sheriff's Office Friday, officials said.

A detective at the sheriff's office was double bagging fentanyl-laced drugs when he began to feel nauseous. He also experiences shortness of breath and dizziness.

The drug the detective was handling is a toxic cocktail of potentially deadly drugs commonly known as gray death. Samples of gray death are known to include heroin and various opioids, including fentanyl and carfentanil. Gray death is about 100 times more powerful than fentanyl, and 1,000 times more powerful than morphine, Hickman County Sheriff's Office said.

Due to the nature of the drugs he was handling, he was sent to the emergency room, where he was seen and treated.

As a precaution, Hickman County Sheriff's Office was evacuated.

Since the initial evacuation, Hickman County Sheriff's Office has resumed its normal operations. The detective who was exposed to the drug has been released from the hospital, and nobody else has reported feeling ill.