Police notice 'significant decrease' in Narcan deployments

By Taylor Chartrand
May 16, 2019 - 9:36pm Updated: May 17, 2019 - 7:11pm


MEDICINE HAT, AB - Inspector Brent Secondiak of the Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) said he's really happy to report police only had one deployment of Narcan (naloxone) in April of this year.

"I do recall in March we had none and it was the same in February," explained Secondiak. "We might have had one in January. So, significant decrease in Narcan deployments for the police service this year."

Secondiak believes at this time last year, they administered somewhere in the range of 12-14 Narcan antidotes.

"So, that's a positive trend. Hopefully that means some of the community initiatives and social-agencies are working."

Over the past couple of years, Secondiak says EMS and members of the MHPS have been dealing with 2-3 overdoses a month.

"We've had several deaths over the past year, so this is very promising that we're going to less and less calls this year. We're hoping it's a trend and not just an isolated event."

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