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PG Fire Rescue Service Gets Support for Naloxone

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 @ 5:45 AM

Prince George, B.C.- Prince George Fire Rescue Services  has been given  approval to enter  into an agreement with the BC Emergency Hiversonealth Services to administer Naloxone  in  cases of  opioid drug overdose situations.

(at right, Chief John Iverson)

There has been  an increase in the number of  opioid drug related overdoses and deaths in B.C. with latest stats showing  such deaths in the Northern Region  have increased 75%  between January and the end of July  this year..

Naloxone  can counteract the effects of opioid overdoses.   Prince George Fire Rescue  Service  is often the first on scene when there is an emergency.  While PGFRS members are a trained to provide enhanced on-scene emergency care,  they need  to  enter into an agreement  with the BC Emergency Health Services in order to administer Naloxone.

PG Fire Rescue Service  Chief, John Iverson says there are already  two thousand first responders  throughout B.C.  trained and approved to  administer Naloxone.  He says the training  for Prince George  Fire Rescue  would be about a two hour course,  and the  costs can be covered  within the  existing budget.

The agreement  is for one year.



This decision has the potential to save lives, thank you PG Fire Rescue, and thank you BC Ambulance, for not standing in the way.

    Agreed, a much needed first responder emergency service that will save lives.

Lot more needles around than at the beginning of summer which is sad to see, more of this service may be needed if the needle volume has any bearing on the number of people using

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