Ladysmith RCMP get opioid kits to prevent overdose

Police say town has seen two fentanyl-related deaths this year

Rick StiebelThe Chronicle

The RCMP is distributing 14,000 naloxone kits across the country to help save the lives of overdose victims and police officers who come in contact with the deadly drug fentanyl.

Ladysmith RCMP Staff Sgt. Ken Brissard, the officer in charge of the detachment, said he expects the life-saving kits will arrive in the near future and officers will be trained on how to administer them.

“Fentanyl has darkened our door here,” Brissard said. “We have dealt with two fentanyl-related overdoses resulting in fatalities since Christmas time of last year. The reality is that opiates are extremely dangerous and we have seen the repercussions all too often.”

Statistics from the B.C. coroner’s office show that fentanyl, a powerful pain killer up to 50 times more potent than heroin, has been linked to 371 overdoses resulting in death in the first six months of 2016.  That represents an increase of 74 per cent during the same period in the year before, with 301 of those males.

Men between the ages of 30 and 39 account for the highest percentage of deaths attributed to fentanyl overdoses.

The number of deaths on Vancouver Island in the first five months of this year has already exceeded the total for 2015. The province declared a public health emergency in April.

Chief coroner Lisa Lapointe has stressed the importance of calling 911 immediately if someone appears to be overdosing.

The number of first responders, including police, firefighters and paramedics carrying Naloxone kits is increasing across the province, with lifesaving results.

According to Drugs.com, naloxone blocks or reverses the effects of opioid medication, including loss of consciousness, extreme drowsiness and slowed breathing. It can also be used to help diagnose whether a person has used an overdose of an opioid.

 

 

Just Posted

Volunteers at the ready for a Crofton clean-up

Crofton Community in Bloom spearheading the project Saturday

Chemainus Thrift Shop undergoing renovations to improve efficiency

Customers won’t see more room for goods, but office space and storage an important focus

North Cowichan looks to keep tax increase below 3%

Finance team asked to find ways to drop increase to 2.95%

Ladysmith mayor considered running federally, decided against it

Aaron Stone filed papers with Nanaimo-Ladysmith NDP to be vetted as a candidate

Roundabout plans at River Road in Chemainus moving forward

Land issues still being resolved before details revealed to the public

VIDEO: RCMP reveal five kids hit in deadly B.C. crash

The children range in age from six to 17.

Study: Why Canadian police should have a dedicated animal cruelty unit

People view fighting animal cruelty as a public responsibility

Convicted pedophile from B.C. raises fears after move to Ontario

Police have issued a warning about Madilyn Harks in Brampton

Mystery plane wakes up B.C. residents

An aircraft circled Langley City over the weekend after midnight for about an hour

Stranger climbs onto B.C. family’s second-floor balcony, lights fire in barbecue

Incident in Abbotsford terrifies family with two-year-old boy

British Columbians are paying more for booze but also broccoli

Victoria’s inflation was 2.3 per cent, a tick above Vancouver’s of 2.2 per cent

Island Health announces funding for 52 projects on Island

$750,000 will go to fund these projects

UPDATED: IHIT investigating fatal crash in Surrey

Three people dead, investigators expected to be at scene ‘for significant amount of time’

Eviction halted for B.C. woman deemed ‘too young’ for seniors’ home

Zoe Nagler, 46, had been given notice after living in the seniors complex in Comox for six years

Most Read