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Firefighters in Vancouver to get anti-overdose drug for opioids

Firefighters in Vancouver to get anti-overdose drug for opioids

Firefighters in Vancouver and Surrey will now be able to administer a drug that counteracts opioid overdoses.

The drug, Naloxone, is injectable and is easily administered with minimal training.

Terrace Fire Chief, John Klie says the drug won’t make it up to Terrace though.

He says while there have been opioid overdoses in the northwest, the numbers aren’t anywhere as high as in the Metro Vancouver.

Klie adds that the Terrace department would be interested in having Naloxone in their kits if it was available.

According to the province, last year there were 465 drug overdoses, with fentanyl detected in 30% of them.

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