After a year of resistance, the Hamilton police chief announced that they will be adding a new tool to their officer’s duty belts. They have officially agreed to have officers carry life-saving naloxone kits.
The Hamilton police chief Eric Girt said that officers will receive training and carry the kits which are used to treat opioid overdoses in light of the growing crisis in Hamilton. Mayor Eisenberger who sits on the police services board also sent out a tweet saying “Good news! Police chief Girt has decided to provide opioid treatment naloxone kits to front-line officers.”.
Girt resisted even as many other services deployed or are close to deploying naloxone kits to their front-line officers. Some of the fellow services that are looking into it or that have already deployed it are the Ontario Provincial Police, the RCMP and local police services in Halton, Peterborough, Durham, Berrie, Waterloo, Peel and Ottawa. Girt said last year, the refusal was based upon the fact that a study showed that paramedics were better suited to carry the life-saving drug.