Law enforcement members have suffered fatal overdoses just from touching fentanyl.
Police say a new push for technology to spot dangerous drugs could save lives, their lives.
In dozens of cases across the country law enforcement members have suffered fatal overdoses just from touching fentanyl.
Police say they want more support to prevent that.
Post offices are using devices that can detect fentanyl. It's helping there so Senator Chuck Schumer wants federal money to get the same kind of devices for law enforcement here in Rochester and across the country.
Body cam footage from WCMH-TV, an NBC affiliate in Ohio showed an officer given narcan after touching a drug during an arrest in back April.
This is just one example of a sad scary trend happening to officers across the country.
Sergeant James Coughlin of Gates Police said, "It's extremely alarming because we've never seen these risks before...The substance could be anywhere."
Sergeant Coughlin at the Gates Police Department is talking about fentanyl.
A substance 100 times more powerful than morphine. One huff or touch of it can cause a deadly overdose.
"We've seen quite a bit of it in the town of gates," Sergeant Couglin explained.
This is a nationwide issue, that's why Senator Chuck Schumer is sponsoring the Power Act, providing officers with electronic resources.
"The power act would be a multi-million dollar grant program to provide local law enforcement such as our sheriffs here our police with a high tech screening device," Senator Schumer said.
The device would use laser technology to scan potential lethal drugs this could potentially save officers both human and canine.
Schumer would continue by saying, "it's so good it can even see through packaging so it saves lives it makes the lives of these men and women who put their lives on the line safer."
As the opioid epidemic continues Sergeant Coughlin hopes to be able to use these devices as soon as possible.
"I'm glad it has bipartisan support so I hope it goes through and I hope we can get our hands on this piece of technology," said Sergeant. "It will be beneficial to all law enforcement."
These devices are also being used to scan packages at the U.S. border.
Senator Schumer has support from fellow Democrats and Republicans too.
He hopes the Power Act will be law by October.