In response to the growing opioid crisis in Ontario the officers of the Shelburne Police Service are now equipped with Naloxone nasal spray.
Police officers are facing an increased occupational risk through accidental absorption through the skin or inhalation while responding to situations involving opioids. In response to this risk all Shelburne Police Service officers and civilians will be trained in the use of Naloxone nasal spray. Shelburne Police Chief Kent Moore says “We cannot think that opioids are not in our community. Equipping our officers with Naloxone nasal spray was a logical choice to protect the men and women of Shelburne Police Service, as well as, our citizens”.
Health Canada states “Naloxone can save lives when used promptly, by temporarily reversing a potentially fatal opioid overdose, and the nasal spray is considered to be easier to use than the injectable version, particularly by those who are not healthcare professionals.”