Highly toxic street drugs continue to send people into overdose, but more lives are being saved thanks to Mounties.
Every Vernon North Okanagan RCMP frontline officer carries nasal Naloxone. In fact, 22 officers have administered the life-saving drug to 33 people, between October 2016 and March 2021.
“In British Columbia, overdose deaths from illicit drug use continue to rise and the Vernon North Okanagan is not immune to this tragedy,” Supt. Shawna Baher said in her second-quarter report. “With highly toxic substances, including fentanyl, in street-level opioids, the risk of an overdose to drug dependant persons is high.”
The Southeast District Officer has created an award to recognize these 22 officers who have saved a life in an overdose situation.