Mississauga Centre MPP Kusendova Introduces Mandatory Police Training Act, 2019

Published on May 01, 2019

NEWS May 1, 2019

MISSISSAUGA — Natalia Kusendova, MPP for Mississauga Centre, introduced the Mandatory Police Training Act, 2019. If passed, this Private Member’s Bill will make it mandatory for all Police officers, Special Constables, First Nations Officers, the Inspector General and Inspectors under the Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019 to receive Ministry approved training in the administration of Naloxone in the case of an opioid overdose.

With the recent success of the Ontario Naloxone Program (ONP), the Ontario Naloxone Program for Pharmacies (ONPP) and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correction Services - Take Home Naloxone Program, MPP Kusendova’s Mandatory Police Training Act gives front-line men and women in uniform an additional tool to act quickly and save lives.

Naloxone, also known as Narcan, can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose and buy additional time for emergency services to arrive on-scene. Naloxone is proven to work within 4 minutes, can be administered consecutively and will only have an effect on persons experiencing an opioid overdose, in other words it can not cause any harm. Naloxone can be administered via injection or nasal inhalant spray.

“Our Police forces are often the first responders at the scene of an emergency. In the case of an opioid overdose, an officer trained in the use of Naloxone could save a life.” Said MPP Kusendova. “Naloxone is a medication that can temporarily reverse an opioid overdose, buying the sufferer precious time for medical services to arrive and provide further treatment. As a Registered Nurse, I believe in providing our Police with every tool at their disposal to save lives. By providing training to all Police forces on recognizing the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose and how to safely and effectively administer Naloxone, we can ensure better outcomes for many people suffering an overdose.”

“Ontario's Government for the People is helping police officers save lives. Last fall we made a change so police officers would not be subject to an automatic criminal investigation when they used Naloxone in an unsuccessful attempt to revive someone who overdosed. I commend MPP Kusendova for her efforts to support police as Ontario, like other jurisdictions, deals with an opioid crisis.” Said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones.
QUICK FACTS:

• Naloxone kits are available for free at pharmacies across the province.
• Naloxone kits are also available through eligible community organizations
• Naloxone is effective on opioid overdoses, and causes no harm if opioids are not present.
• No harm can be caused by giving Naloxone
• Naloxone is safe to use a second or third time in an opioid overdose
• 60% of people die of opioid overdoses in their own homes
• In 2017, 3996 people died from opioid overdoses in Canada
• 1265 of those deaths occurred in Ontario, 117 aged 15-24, 6 under the age of 14
• In the first 6 months of 2018, Ontario recoded 629 deaths

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Media Enquiries:
Office of MPP Natalia Kusendova - natalia.kusendova@pc.ola.org