Mississauga MPP wants mandatory police training on OD reversal medication

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Mississauga Centre MPP Natalia Kusendova tabled A private members bill designed to tackle the raging opioid crisis.

If passed, the Mandatory Police Training Act, 2019 will require those under the Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019 to receive ministry approved training in the administration of Naloxone for opioid overdoses. This includes Ontario police officers, special constables, First Nations officers and inspectors.

Naloxone is a harmless medication that can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Its effects are proven to work within four minutes and allow additional time for emergency services to arrive on scene.

Also known as Narcan, Naloxone kits are available for free at pharmacies and eligible community organizations across the province. It can be administered consecutively via injection or nasal spray, and only affects those experiencing an overdose. -CINEWS

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