For some time now, the City of Ottawa has been facing a serious public health crisis in relation to the misuse and overdose of opioid drugs. We have been working hard with our first responders to improve the availability of naloxone in our emergency vehicles, as we know that access to naloxone can save lives.

Today, we marked a significant milestone in the City’s efforts to provide access to naloxone to our first responders. Firefighters at all 45 fire stations in the City of Ottawa have received training on how to administer naloxone and all City of Ottawa fire trucks now carry Naloxone on board.

This milestone better equips us with the tools necessary in order to minimize the risk of overdose deaths and opioid misuse in our community.