A Surrey Mountie says she saved a life today with Naloxone nasal spray, and she says it’s a good example of why all first responders should be equipped with the life-saving overdose antidote.
Surrey RCMP Inspector Shawna Baher says she administered two doses of Naloxone nasal spray to a man who was suffering from a heroin overdose this morning, when his friend drove him to the detachment.
“I administered the first dose of nasal Naloxone into his nostril. We removed him from the vehicle in case we had to do CPR. After about three minutes he was not gaining consciousness and his condition wasn’t improving, so I gave him a second nose of Naloxone nasally.”
Baher says the Surrey detachment just received its Naloxone nasal kits and it’s only the second time it’s been administered by a Surrey Mountie.
“The RCMP has purchased 13,700 kits and we are rolling it out throughout British Columbia. That just happened at the end of September-early October so all of the detachments are going to be getting them, and I know that a lot of the municipalities are also interested in getting them and have made orders.”
Police agencies are equipping themselves after Health Canada approved the more user-friendly version of Naloxone in an effort to combat the drug overdose crisis gripping the country.
The Vancouver Police Department is also looking at acquiring Naloxone, but says it would be for use on officers in case they come in contact with fentanyl.
That position has met with some criticism from other first responders who argue they should be deploying it on overdose victims as well.