B.C. health officials are pushing the federal regulator– Health Canada– to approve the use of Naloxone inhalers as a life-saving measure to address B.C.’s overdose crisis, but Vancouver’s mayor says it’s not happening quickly enough.
B.C.’s deputy Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonny Henry says its asking Health Canada for access to naloxone inhalers, but there’s issues around how well it works.
“Because when somebody’s system is shutting down, the inhaling may not be as effective as injecting, getting in to the blood stream, but it would be better than nothing.”
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson fears the province isn’t moving quickly enough.
“Given the scale of the crisis, it’s unbelievable to see the spike in overdose deaths attributable to fentanyl. I worry that we don’t have the remedies.”
Vancouver Police refuse to carry Naloxone because its only available in injectable form.