Metro Vancouver Transit Police have used naloxone for the first time to save a life.
Early last Saturday morning a man was found unresponsive in a stairwell at the New Westminster SkyTrain station.
“It turned out this fellow had used heroin laced with fentanyl,” says Transit Police spokesperson Anne Drennan.
She says within minutes of officers administering naloxone, the man regained consciousness.
“I’ve been advised by officers who say that it’s on their mind all the time that they may encounter somebody and have to use this and hope very much it will do the trick and the person will be revived very quickly.”
Transit police officers started to carry naloxone in January.
The force’s 140 front line members are now trained to use the drug.
“The officers attend a full course of several days and they become certified for the use of this particular kit,” Drennan says.
“Our goal is by the end of the year to have each of our officers equipped with a naloxone kit.”
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The provincial government approved the funding for the kits.
Just last week, the Vancouver Police department confirmed its officers had used naloxone to counteract an overdose for the first time.
VPD officers carry the drug in case they are exposed to dangerous narcotics, but have said they won’t shy away from using it on someone having an overdose if necessary.