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The human cost of the opioid epidemic continues to garner headlines across Canada.

Thousands of Canadians have been exposed to overdoses of painkillers or increasingly toxic concoctions of illicit drugs. Naloxone has been an effective antidote in many overdose situations, including NARCAN™ Nasal Spray. Receiving less attention in the crisis has been the increasing risk to first responders, including police officers, who arrive at, and are potentially exposed to, a toxic environment.

In April following the near-fatal overdose of an inmate, all correctional officers and nurses working at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary in St. John’s, Nfld were  trained to use naloxone to treat opioid overdoses. "We're in the process now of purchasing gloves for fentanyl, masks and eyewear for all staff," Owen Brophy, superintendent of prisons in Newfoundland, told CBC News.

Recently, a postal employee at a mail sorting facility in Montreal was hospitalized after being exposed to an unknown substance that was later discovered to be an opioid.

Inhaling toxic fentanyl dust or airborne contaminants in enclosed spaces is an inherent risk for first responders. Police are also discovering more incidents of carfentanil, an elephant tranquilizer about 100 times more toxic than fentanyl.

Police departments across Canada, including RCMP officers and more than half of police forces in Ontario now carry NARCAN™ Nasal Spray to treat victims of opioid overdose. NARCAN™ Nasal Spray is a ready-to-use, needle-free device that does not require any assembly or medical training. Simple, easy to administer and compact to carry and use to treat those experiencing an overdose episode or to treat fellow responders suffering from opioid exposure.

For more information, visit narcannasalspray.ca