Two people, including police officer, overdose on fentanyl after thinking it was cocaine


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ST. CHARLES COUNTY, M.O (News Nation)  —  Two men, including a St. Louis area police officer, overdosed on fentanyl after thinking it was cocaine, according to police.

The two men were found in a car on a street in St. Charles, 30 minutes northwest of St. Louis, Sunday. Both men are alive after the overdose.

One of the men said they bought what they thought was cocaine in the parking lot of Ameristar Casino, according to court records.

One of the men was identified as a police officer with the north St. Louis County municipality Bellefontaine Neighbors. The police department said the officer has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

No other information about the two men was available. Ameristar Casino said it is working closely with law enforcement on this investigation.

News Nation affiliate KVTI contributed to this report.

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