Inhalable opioids pose fatal threat to officers and their K-9 partners

K-9 officers are trained to sniff out narcotics, and even a small amount on the skin or trace that gets.

K-9 officers are trained to sniff out narcotics, and even a small amount on the skin or trace that gets inhaled can potentially kill them.

A nonprofit, Colorado Police K-9 Association, will be training officers on how to spot the signs of ingestion and how to treat the K-9 in case of an emergency.

They will use tools, like Narcan, a drug that reverses an overdose and can buy the animal time on the way to the hospital. A kit will also include an ambu bag to help the K-9 breathe.

In the streets, Officer B. Laas with the Arvada Police Department, relies on his partner, 2-year-old Rudy, to sniff out narcotics. That bond and trust isnt just on the clock.