Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Manitoba Spending $30K to Buy Naloxone Kits for Police for Opioid Overdoses

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Manitoba Spending $30K to Buy Naloxone Kits for Police for Opioid Overdoses

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Manitoba gives $30K to buy naloxone kits for police

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WINNIPEG - The Manitoba government is spending nearly $30,000 to purchase naloxone kits for police officers in Winnipeg and other municipal and First Nation police services across the province,.

Naloxone is a medication used to reverse the effects of opioids and prevent fatal overdoses.

The Winnipeg Police Service will receive 1,300 naloxone kits, while another 200 kits will be distributed to municipal and First Nations police services.

Officers will be trained to use the naloxone kits if they encounter someone on a call who may be experiencing an opioid overdose or if another officer has been exposed while at work.

Justice Minister Heather Stefanson says fentanyl is becoming more common in Winnipeg and throughout the province, and the kits will protect officers and the public. …

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