Naloxone: Montreal wants that firefighters can administer

News 29 March, 2018

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    Sarah Daoust-Braun

    Thursday, 29 march 2018 17:57

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    The mayor of Montreal’s Valerie Plante would like to see the firefighters who act as first responders to administer naloxone to people who are doing an overdose because of the fentanyl.

    The latter wrote to the minister of Health Gaétan Barrette in January to make him part of his request.

    “Although the situation in Montreal is very far from what happens in Vancouver or Toronto, it could happen here”, explained the mayor, in reference to the crisis of opioid that has engulfed other cities in the country and in which Montreal has experienced an episode last year.

    She hopes that the firefighters have all the necessary tools at their disposal to act in cases of overdose, and have the necessary training to administer the antidote for fentanyl.

    Since November, the naloxone is distributed free of charge in all pharmacies in Quebec for persons aged 14 years and over.