Campus Security adds a new tool to their belt

By Brenna Engel Posted: February 7, 2019 2:00 p.m.

Pat Patton, director of Campus Security and Scott Crawley, manager of Campus Security Operations, led the charge on implementing the NARCAN training for Campus Security.
Pat Patton, director of Campus Security and Scott Crawley, manager of Campus Security Operations, led the charge on implementing the NARCAN training for Campus Security. Photos: External Relations

Between 2016 and 2018, more than 9,000 Canadians lost their lives due to opioid overdose, according to the Government of Canada.

Taking a proactive approach, this January, the Campus Security’s 16 permanent staff and two casual workers

antidote
The Naloxone Nasal Spray,
that campus security officers
now have on-hand when
they make their rounds
could save a life.

took NARCAN training. NARCAN (naloxone HCl) Nasal Spray is the first and only FDA-approved nasal form of naloxone for the emergency treatment of an opioid overdose.

“We’ve never had an accidental overdose at campus that has been reported to us, but it’s just smart to be pro-active and have the tools on our belt to assist when we can,” said Scott Crawley, Manager of Campus Security Operations.

Security patrol officers took online training and then participated in an in-person presentation with paramedic Dan Lewis, program development educator with Regina EMS, Saskatchewan Health Authority.  Lewis took the trainees through the basics of how to spot an opioid overdose and then demonstrated how to use the NARCAN Nasal Spray.

According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan had 33 opioid-related deaths in 2018. “It is a national problem, so being proactive and being prepared, it is a good thing” said Lewis.

“This is one more tool in our staff’s toolbox to help them better support the campus community,” said Pat Patton, director of Campus Security.

If you are concerned that you or someone you know are experiencing an overdose, call 911 and then Campus Security at 306-585-4999.