Florida deputy taken to hospital after being exposed to fentanyl during a traffic stop.


Body camera footage captured the moment when a Flagler County deputy rescued another deputy from fentanyl exposure during a traffic stop on Friday.

The affected deputy is anticipated to fully recover, and he commended the deputy for swiftly administering NARCAN. NARCAN is a nasal spray used to reverse the effects of opioid overdose, aiding those struggling with such situations.

Experts from Project Opioid underline the escalating dangers linked to fentanyl.

T.J. Ward, associated with Project Opioid, highlighted fentanyl's potency, being 100 times more powerful than morphine. Had the deputy not administered NARCAN, Deputy Nick Huzior's life could have been in jeopardy.

In the bodycam footage shared by the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Nick Huzior can be seen describing feeling lightheaded after conducting a field test on substances during the traffic stop.

Staly confirmed that the tested substances were positive for fentanyl.

Deputy First Class Kyle Gaddie, also present during the traffic stop, can be observed administering NARCAN to Huzior in the video.

A short while later, a neighbor steps in to provide assistance and water before the deputy is transported to a local hospital by an ambulance.

"It’s extremely crucial that people have that [NARCAN] on them at all times in case they come across an overdose, especially when you’re talking about law enforcement personnel working to get this drug off of the streets," Ward emphasized.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioid-related overdoses, including fentanyl, claim the lives of over 150 people daily.

Ward commented, "Yeah, I think it’s important for people to be aware of what’s happening in their community as far as these drugs are concerned. One way they can do that is [by] tuning in to media partners like yourself who are talking about it."

The driver in the traffic stop has been identified as 61-year-old George Clemons of Crescent City.

Clemons was apprehended on charges of driving under the influence (DUI), as well as possessing marijuana, fentanyl, cocaine, and prescription drugs without a valid prescription.