Smiths Falls Police officers soon to be carrying naloxone

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Posted on: August 11, 2017

Submitted by Smiths Falls Police Service

The Smiths Falls Police Service is pleased to announce that all front line officers are being trained in the deployment of Naloxone nasal spray.

With the Opioid crisis spreading across the country, the Smiths Falls Police Service is taking this proactive step to keep its officers and members of the community safe. Officers will carry with them the Naloxone nasal spray in case of exposure to the opioid. They will also be able to administer the spray on a person who is in the midst of an overdose crisis.

“Every second counts and we want to be in a position to help” says Chief of Police, Mark MacGillivray. “We hope we never have to use it, but we need to be prepared, equipped and trained.”

The Leeds, Grenville & Lanark Health Unit is providing training to all of the officers. They are given some training on the risks associated with exposure to the deadly drug as well as the signs attributed to an overdose and administering the antidote, naloxone.

“We would like to thank our partners with the Health Unit for providing us the training,” he added.

Within the next couple of weeks, the service should have all of the officers trained and on the road with the Narcan nasal spray.