There’s still a call for Vancouver Police to carry Naloxone to use on overdose patients.
Cpt. Jonathan Gormick with Vancouver Fire and Rescue says if in the future the Vancouver Police Department deems its members capable of administering the treatment while performing other duties, it would benefit patients.
He says if more first responded have access to it, it means faster treatment.
“It would help ambulance, it would help fire, and it would help police. This is a crisis, we may throw staffing at it, but calls keep increasing at the rate they do.”
Gormick says firefighters have been taxed after responding to overwhelming amounts of overdose calls.
Vancouver Police announced its members would be carrying the nasal-spray form of Naloxone, but for the use of protecting officers and staff against accidental exposure.