MONTRÉAL – The Montréal police officers will administer naloxone, an antidote to an overdose of opioids, starting next fall.
By reversing temporarily the effects of an overdose of opioids, naloxone can save lives.
Some 4,000 patrollers will be trained during the summer, and then they will be equipped with kits of naloxone in the fall to be able to administer by the intranasal route.
Shortly before the health crisis today, the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) had received the green light from the government to proceed with the purchase of doses.
That said, the project had been put on ice due to the pandemic of COVID-19, said the POLICE, referring in particular to earlier recommendations from public health authorities.
“Since June of 2020, the ministry of Health and social Services approves the naloxone intranasal, that does not ultimately risk in the context of COVID-19”, has confirmed the regional Directorate of Montreal public health.
In other cities, such as Toronto public Health recommended in April to continue to administer the antidote in spite of the pandemic.
Last year, firefighters, first responders of all the barracks in montreal had been trained to administer naloxone.
An overdose of opioids can result in a significant slowing or stopping of breathing, can cause brain damage, coma or death.
The effects of the naloxone being temporary, it is still necessary to call 911 in case of an overdose.
For the general population, this antidote is available free of charge and without a prescription in pharmacies.