Police Say Naloxone Kits Helped Save 102 Lives
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) report that since they started carrying naloxone, they have saved 102 lives. The force says the severity of the opioid crisis is evident in the increase of opioid-related overdoses and the number of incidences where officers have had to administer naloxone to save a life.
Police says that the majority, 66 per cent, of naloxone recipients were male and 34 per cent were female.
Most incidences occurred inside the home.
Police report a 121 per cent increase in overdose occurrences from 2016 to 2018.
OPP say they are determined to hold drug traffickers accountable by laying charges for drug-related deaths. Charges have been laid for manslaughter and criminal negligence causing death in relation to fatal overdoses, with 13 occurrences during the last four years. Eight of these occurred in 2019.