The VPD may be one step closer to using nasal naloxone spray as the province continues to face a fentanyl crisis, but there’s no start date for that as of yet.
The spray is intended to be used on any officer who may come in dangerous contact with fentanyl.
Health Canada gave the go-ahead Monday for the spray’s non-prescription use, and VPD Constable Jason Doucette says he believes the Naloxone supplies have already arrived at the department.
“I personally haven’t received any training in it, we will be soon… It is something I believe is very important, we believe is very important for our officers to have access to. Things can change in an instant, we try to be as careful as we can.”
Doucette says using the drug that can prevent a fatal overdose is something the VPD believes is important for officers to have access to.
“We’re important to each other and we have to look out for each other while performing our duties.”
There were 433 opioid-related deaths from January to July this year.