HYANNIS – As you will see in the following HN Video, additional officers and Hyannis Rescue responded to Main Street early this morning to assist a police officer who was stuck with a dirty hypodermic needle while he was making an arrest.
The suspect is known to police and was charged with Possession of a Class A Substance, Disorderly Conduct, and Protective Custody. (Heroin and morphine are examples of class A substances…)
The incident happened at about 1:15 AM and the police officer was immediately transported to Cape Cod Hospital for treatment. As of 3:40 AM the officer was reportedly still at CCH and probably will be for some time as he undergoes emergency treatment.
According to online sources, when a police officer is stuck with a hypodermic needle, she/he becomes at risk of contracting infectious diseases, especially blood-borne viruses. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C are the type of diseases officers need to worry about after being injured by a dirty needle.
In recent times we have been painfully reminded of the hazards our police officers face on a daily basis. A great deal of attention and concern is rightfully given to incidents where police officers are shot in the line of duty. But the reality is there are numerous deadly hazards officers need to be concerned with as they go about protecting and serving their community. Uncapped needles are just one of countless common hazards that threaten an officer’s life and well-being.
[HN is withholding the identity of the police officer…]
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