Officers were called to five overdoses over the weekend, including 3 where they believe fentanyl was involved.
In January, Saskatoon and Regina Fire and EMS began carrying naloxone kits. Officer in charge of criminal investigations Superintendent David Haye says patrol officers are in the process of carrying the fentanyl-reversing kits.
“So, at the beginning of their shift, they can sign the naloxone out and take it out with them,” said Haye. “They are in the process of completing their training programs that they are required to complete.”
Haye says one person suspected of a fentanyl overdose on the weekend was treated with naloxone by EMS and is now recovering in hospital. One person died as a result of an overdose, according to Police.
Haye says there are new protections for people who have possession of drugs when they overdose, through the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act, which was passed in the House of Commons last week.
“If they are overdosing and they have more of the illicit drug with them, there is protection now in the Controlled Drug and Substance Act,” said Haye. “They won’t be charged by the police for calling for assistance.”
He encourages people to call 911 if someone is experiencing an overdose, noting a new federal law protects people with illicit drugs from being charged if they call for an overdose.
(with files from CJWW)