>> A raid at this Pittsburgh home ended with 18 swat officers sent to the hospital on Wednesday. Authorities say the officers entered the home and found three men and a woman allegedly packing drugs. A table was overturned, sending what officials believe was fentanyl powder, a powerful opioid, into the air.
Authorities say the officers inside starting feeling sick.>> They had some burning in their throat. Some became a little light headed. One person was nauseous. Some felt a little bit weak, and fortunately those symptoms were brief.>> The 18 officers were decontaminated at the UPMC Mercy hospital and medically cleared.
This types of exposures for law enforcing personnel very very unusual. Unfortunately we see opioid use several times a day.>> The raid comes amid the U.S. of epidemic of opioid drug use. According to a White House Commission form to combat the epidemic. opioid overdose kills 142 Americans a day.
The four suspects in Pittsburgh were charged with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute a quantity of fentanyl. They'll appear in federal court next week.