Funeral homes in the lower mainland are being asked to carry Naloxone as a precautionary measure.
Valerie Martell with Martin Brothers Funeral Chapel in Vancouver says a letter was sent to funeral parlors from the B.C. Funeral Association last month.
“When we’re dealing with bodies, it could be possible that we could come into contact with some fentanyl. And also, people who may be attending funerals could be at risk if they are using and if something happens at a funeral.”
Martell says people die of overdoses all the time, but says she’s seen a surge of young people dying recently.
“They’ve come from having a life, come from areas of having a job. These are not your typical people you would consider dying from an overdose.”
She says Martin Brothers has yet to stock up on Naloxone kits because the risk to embalmers is low.
But there is a risk that people attending funerals might overdose and Martell says the chapel will consider carrying kits in the New Year.