For their own safety, Calgary police will soon be carrying the antidote for fentanyl overdoses.
Police Chief Roger Chaffin tells Global News naloxone nasal spray will be provided to Calgary police after three officers in BC were recently exposed to fentanyl on the job. “There have been officers who have been seriously injured coming into contact with fentanyl, some of the fentanyl derivatives. So it’s something that is our new reality. It’s a good opportunity to make sure officers are comfortable when they’re in situations if something should happen there is a plan to recover them.”
Police have seen a 292% increase in methamphetamine seizures and that raises the risk of police encountering other drugs like fentanyl. Drug unit Staff Sergeant Martin Schiavetta says many addicts are using meth to get high and fentanyl to come back down. “The combination of these drugs could be deadly and could render naloxone ineffective based on the combination of drugs.”
Fentanyl has already claimed more than 150 lives across Alberta