In the midst of an ongoing public health crisis in battling drug overdose deaths, some good news from the government that could save lives.
Health Canada says it’s now allowing immediate access to Naloxone Nasal Spray, a drug used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
Until now, health officials have been using the injectable form.
Councillor Kerry Jang says its good news.
“Now it means that there are more and more first responders who can actually carry Naloxone to aid in the case of overdoses”
Earlier this year, the Vancouver Police Department said paramedics and firefighters were better off carrying the injectable form because they’re equipped with medical training.
“In particular, the Vancouver Police Department really wanted to have nasal Naloxone ready, because it doesn’t need a lot of training to administer, unlike the injection version.”
“The Chief has indicated that they’d be willing to look at carrying nasal spray Naloxone when it became available. They’re actually waiting for this very moment.”
In a statement to CKNW on Friday, VPD Constable Brian Montague says the Chief would like to see some officers carry the nasal form of Naloxone, but that won’t happen overnight.
Montague says equipping officers with the nasal spray would be a few months away – at the earliest – as there are still details that need to be ironed out.
The Health Minister has signed an Interim Order to temporarily allow the spray form to be imported from the U.S. and sold in Canada.