Fraser Valley – A new and disturbing trend in the opioid crisis.
Naloxe kits are now used to temper the effects of fentanyl based overdoses, but the needles from those kits are now starting to be used to shoot up by desperate addicts.
They’re a tool meant to save lives, but paramedics now warn needles from Naloxone kits are being used by addicts to inject street drugs.
Some Vancouver paramedics have admitted to media that syringes from those kits are being used and that renders the kit useless.
(NOTE – Fraser Health told FVN that they have NOT heard of this happening on the streets)
There is no needle to inject Narcan that will save their life.
There have also been reports that some addicts are mixing a little naloxone with their IV drugs hoping to take the deadly “edge” off any possible fentanyl overdose.
The Province of BC (so far) has distributed nearly 19,000 of the kits, at a cost of more than $1,000,000.
The BC Ministry of Health says the issue hasn’t been raised with the anti-overdose task force.