They’re a tool meant to save lives, but paramedics now warn needles from Naloxone kits are being used by addicts to inject street drugs.
Speaking with Global News, Paramedic Dave Leary says the trend doubly dangerous.
“Syringes are being used to inject the drugs. And when they do that, they render the kit useless in the sense that they don’t have a needle to inject the Narcan that will save their life.”
“I think it’s horrific. I think that it’s a very unfortunate turn of circumstances.”
The province has distributed nearly 19,000 of the kits, at a cost of more than $1,000,000.
In a statement the Ministry of Health says the issue hasn’t been raised with the anti-overdose task force.
With files from Rumina Daya