With a shocking increase in the number of overdose deaths in the province, which now exceed the number of people killed in car crashes, the mayor of Vancouver is lobbying for more help.
“We need more action to deal with the fentanyl crisis. It is affecting cities across North America right now.”
Gregor Robertson says Health Canada needs to greenlight the use of naloxone inhalers, which are used in the States, so they can be used in Canada.
Robertson says the current naloxone kits use a needle and while they have saved lives an inhaler system could be used by more people.
“In some jurisdictions, even city workers can be trained and have those available if they encounter someone who is in an overdose situation and could be dying. There has been advocacy to get naloxone inhalers right now our firefighters are getting this next step with being able to use naloxone.”
“The injection is a step in the right direction and it is something that first responders like our firefighters can be trained and use but the inhalers, which are used South of border, they are legal in the States, look like a much more effective way to save lives.”
308 people have been killed due to overdoses so far this year.
This comes with the explosion of fentanyl on the street and now the discovery of the much more potent drug W-18.
More people have died from an overdose than been killed in a car crash this year.
So far eight thousand naloxone kits have been issued around the province of those 1,200 have been used in an overdose situation.