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Has Become Manitoba-the first province to give paramedics-the Ability to Help Prevent That administerin a drug methamphetamine-related psychosis.
To kick off Substance Use and Addiction Awareness Week, Health Minister Cameron Friesen announced Monday olanzapine That now part of the paramedics' tool kits.
"We are giving paramedics Print Additional tool, and we Believe That Print Will Help here to keep not-only addicts Who are exhibiting-the signs of stress, signs of psychosis or extreme agitations … help to keep them safe, (as well as) Paramedic Who thoses are responding to them and around them, "said Friesen.
Olanzapine is an anti-psychotics the MEDICATION That Can Be Taken With orally disintegrating tablets. Help lessen the severity of-the-Symptom, Suchi as agitations, for thoses Who have Used meth.
The health minister acknowledged a piece of the drug-the-the province's plan meth, not pocket-the whole puzzle.
Already Has The government opened five pilot rapid access to clinics and addiction medicine Increased bed capacity at some facilities TREATMENT, Friesen Noted. He Could not disclose whens a long-term-strategy for insider With meth Will be presented in Manitoba, pointed to boot Virgo-the May 2018 report on mental health and addiction as-the province's roadmap.
"Manitobans can expect That the-government Will Continue to RESPOND, That We Will Continue to cascade out Additional announcement as we ABSORB That report, as we look at What we NEED to do and as we, I think, EXHIBIT That Same Flexibility and innovation. We're responding, "he said. "We have not yet DONE That everything we NEED to do and we are fully in Print engagedIn work."
Dr. Ginette Poulin, medical director of the-Addiction Foundation of Manitoba, welcomed the-Addition of olanzapine to paramedics' arsenal. She's ALSO Noted there's much more work to do to Curb-the meth crisis.
"Because it's Suchi an acute crisis, it's hard. We're reacting as opposed to being PROactive. And it's hard to keep up With What I term as of-the-kind-of-the-day drug," Poulin said.
"So we were insider With The opioid crisis and trying to find Ways to Manage this in a more effective fashion, and we thought THENI-the surge of crystal meth … We're trying to look to Other jurisdictions and, unfortunately, come to the whens crystal meth, there's no antidote or no magic pill That Solve it all. "
NDP health critic Andrew Swan said-the provincial government Has Been 'over the top at providing information on cannabis, "lagging pocket on public education at about meth.
"This Is a stop-gap Measure. We NEED TO PROTECT do everything we can to first responders, there's so much more pocket That Has To Be Done That Print government hasnt Taken on," he said.
Jessica Botelho, Urbanski
Jessica Botelho Urbanski-the-covers-the Manitoba Legislature for Winnipeg Free Press.
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