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Hamilton police won’t send naloxone out with frontline officers

Hamilton Police Service won't send lifesaving anti-overdose kits out with frontline officers, even as the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police has asked the province for funding to do exactly that.

March 10, 2017  By Kelly Bennett

“Our strategy is not to get into the business of Narcan (naloxone) distribution,” said Chief Eric Girt at a meeting of the Hamilton police services board.

“This is a medical crisis, in my view. Our role is to make sure that that person gets the medical help with those people who have that skill set,” he said. “Because, quite frankly, I don’t know what they’ve ingested.”


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