7 Hospitalized for Possible Fentanyl Exposure

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Seven people, including four California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers, were hospitalized Sunday after a possible exposure to fentanyl on the scene of a solo-vehicle accident by the Golden Gate Bridge, according to People.

Two Highway Patrol officers arrived on the scene, as well as a tow truck driver. They quickly began to show symptoms of a possible fentanyl exposure. Shortly after they became incapacitated.

According to a CHP preliminary report, a “possibly impaired driver” crashed into a movable median at a northbound Golden Gate toll plaza just after 11:45 a.m. Sunday. The crash blocked traffic, and the driver was found passed out inside the sedan, along with a powdery white substance.

The report stated that several ambulances were immediately called for, along with additional Narcan units.

That afternoon, those hospitalized had been released, according to Kiro 7. 

It is not clear at this time if the driver was impaired by fentanyl. CBS SF reported the driver was arrested and charged with DUI and possession of a controlled substance. After being released from the hospital, he was booked into the San Francisco County Jail.

Fentanyl is an opioid 50-100 times more potent than morphine, according to the CDC.

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