Firefighters will use overdose kits

Firefighters will use overdose kits
By Neil Bowan
Sarnia Observer
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Naloxone kit (Postmedia Network file photo)

Sarnia firefighters will be using naloxone nasal spray for emergency treatment of painkiller overdoses, according to a report to city councilors Monday.

Councilors and the public are aware of the significant opioid crisis occurring in Sarnia and across Canada which Ontario's Health Minister has called a growing public health emergency, said Sarnia Fire Chief John Kingyens in the report to council.

Naloxone temporarily reverses the effects of fentanyl and other painkillers like heroin that can stop a person's breathing. The spray has been used by a Sarnia police officer to revive an overdose victim.

The nasal spray does not end the need for further treatment.

Since July 2017 firefighters have been carrying naloxone to treat firefighters who might suffer an accidental opioid exposure.

Lambton Public Health will be supplying the spray to firefighters.

Use of the nasal spray requires 15 minutes training that will be supplied by Lambton Health that provides kits to the public. Naloxone is also available at local pharmacies in conjunction with Lambton Health.

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