As students head back to class this week, the University of Guelph has introduced measures in the wake of the growing opioid crisis across Canada.
First responders on campus will now be equipped with naloxone nasal spray kits.
“Our First Response Team would be the individuals who’d be called to residences (for overdoses),” said Alison Burnett, Director of Student Wellness at the university.
“We feel they’re in the best position to provide that sort of support.”
Burnett added campus police officers are being trained to use naloxone as well.
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Opioid-related deaths claimed the lives of nearly 2,500 people in Canada in 2016, and hundreds more this year. The crisis is growing so rapidly that Health Canada recently put out a warning about the drug for students during orientation week.
The federal department even recommends students carry naloxone kits in case of an overdose caused by opioid drugs.
Naloxone is an antidote that can reverse the harmful effects of an opioid overdose.
Burnett said the university is also preparing an awareness campaign for students now that deadly opioids such has fentanyl and carfentanil have been found in Guelph.
“It might be a lack of knowledge that students might not even be aware that they’re consuming that,” she said.
“We want to be prepared, but at this point in time, we have not seen it on campus.”
With files from Global News’ Katie Dangerfield