Ontario to offer naloxone to police, firefighters as opioid-related deaths rise
Ontario will be offering the overdose-reversing medication naloxone to police and firefighter services across the province as it continues to grapple with an opioid crisis.
Health Minister Eric Hoskins and Community Safety Minister Marie-France Lalonde made the announcement today as new figures show deaths due to opioids continue to rise.
Chief Coroner Dirk Huyer says there were 336 opioid-related deaths in the province from May to July _ an increase of 68 per cent from the same time period last year.
Naloxone will be offered to all 61 police services across the province and all 447 municipal fire departments.
Hoskins also says that the federal government today gave Ontario the ability to approve and fund temporary overdose prevention sites.
Hoskins says establishing overdose prevention sites with a federal exemption would also protect front-line workers at such sites from criminal prosecution.
Drew Hunter scored the game's first goal 9:31 into game one and the IceDogs never trailed, winning a hard fought 4-2 home ice win over Oshawa. With the victory, the 'Dogs hold a 1-0 series lead in the best of seven Eastern quarter-final with the Generals.
Friday night, the IceDogs open their best of seven quarter-final series on home ice versus the Generals, some tickets are still available. The 'Dogs have also announced a bus trip to Oshawa for game three and four.
A very successful 2017-2018 IceDogs regular season came to an end Saturday afternoon with a 6-3 win over Mississauga. A sellout St Patty's Day Meridian Centre crowd watched Niagara record their 35th win of the season for a total of 80 points in the OHL's Eastern Conference as Johnny Corneil lead the way with a goal and two assists.