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A Lancaster County Sheriff’s deputy gave an opioid overdose antidote to a Lincoln police officer who called for help after being exposed to suspected heroin during an arrest Tuesday evening, a police spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The Lincoln police officer was arresting a 56-year-old man on a failure to appear warrant at 13th and E streets around 6 p.m. when he found rolling papers holding a white and gray substance inside the man’s wallet, Officer Angela Sands said.

The officer wasn’t wearing gloves before opening the papers, and then he swabbed the substance, Sands said.

The test indicated it was a heroin base, she said.

At that time, the officer began to feel tingling in his arms and an accelerated heartbeat, so he called for help on his radio.

A deputy sheriff arrived first and sprayed Narcan into the officer’s nose.

The spray can reverse an opioid overdose.

The officer reported the tingling stopped and his heart rate returned to normal, Sands said.

He was taken to the hospital for medical observation and later returned to work, she said.

Staff at the Nebraska State Patrol Crime Lab will test the substance to confirm whether it was heroin or fentanyl, a highly potent opioid.

This marks the first time a Lincoln police officer was given Narcan, Sands said.

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Riley Johnson reports on breaking news and public safety issues in Lincoln and southeast Nebraska.

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