John Tory, Toronto mayor is a strong believer in saving lives and to his mind, police officers should carry naloxone, the antidote against opioid overdose. On Friday he met with the chief of police and discussed this idea.
Toronto Mayor gives an interview to CBC Radio
In a recent interview for CBC Radio, Tory declared that he talked with health official and police regarding the increasing number of drug overdoses happening in Toronto. The meeting helped them get to reach certain recommendations such as having the Toronto police equipping their officers with naloxone. In order to do so, officers will need a proper training. He added that at first those officers patrolling the places in town most known as places where people get drugged should carry naloxone as a pilot project.
The Toronto Police Association takes action
Mike McCormack, president of the Toronto Police Association declared that officers are very keen on the idea of carrying naloxone as they are the first responders to 911 calls. In the past, it would have been quite difficult for them to do so as the drug needed to be injected, but since now the drug comes in as a nasal spray, carrying it is the best option they could get. Also the nasal spray could help those officers who come in contact with drugs during their shifts.
Statistics on drug overdose
Toronto’s medical officer of health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, showed some numbers between the years of 2014-2015. According to their records during those years there was a 73% increase in death resulting from drug overdose. For example, in just one week 94 visits to the ER were connected with overdosing. So far a measure taken by the city is offering safe injection sites available this fall so as to prevent deaths.