Humber College will not be implementing the use of Naxolone anytime soon, says the school’s director of public safety.
But while the decision to not use Naloxone remains in effect, the choice to use it is under review, said Rob Kilfoyle.
Naloxone is a drug that temporarily counteracts the effects of an opioid overdose.
Fentanyl, morphine, and heroin are all different kinds of opioids.
It has not yet been decided if this is something we will be implementing in the future, Kilfoyle said.
In the event of an opioid incident, Security would call to emergency services and wait for Toronto Paramedics to arrive, he said.
Humber does, however, address narcotics use on a case-by-case basis when it comes to security’s attention, including contacting police for assistance, he said.
Any student, however, who is using or has used, or know of anyone using opioids, is eligible for a free kit through participating pharmacies.
Each kit includes a small container of Naloxone, two syringes, one needle, a pair of gloves, two beakers and an identification card.
Humber student Amardeep Singh, 25, believes Narcan is not necessary and it should be thought as a last resort.
“If it’s a really bad situation having the access is a good idea,” he said.
Many students like Singh are not aware of what Narcan is and how it is used to treat a case of an opioid overdose.
If Naloxone is approved to be used at Humber, many students will need to be educated.