Two Huntington Beach police officers were briefly hospitalized as a precautionary measure after being exposed to a substance containing fentanyl while stopping traffic, authorities said.
Officers stopped a car with three people inside in the Beach Boulevard and Madison Avenue area around 11:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 18, in Midway City, north of Huntington Beach, officials said.
At one point, police were exposed to a substance containing fentanyl, but police did not disclose further details.
Orange County firefighters were called in for assistance around 12:30 pm Friday, and the HAZMAT team confirmed the substance contains fentanyl, fire captain Sean Doran said.
Three people in the car were examined, but they were not taken to hospitals. Instead, they were taken into custody on suspicion of drug possession, among other things, police spokeswoman Jennifer Carey said.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, which can kill within two minutes of ingestion, officials said.
The Orange County Fire Department has notified the Orange County Health Agency of the exposure to fentanyl.
“Collectively, we are all on the alert,” Doran said.