May 21, 2022

British Columbia: Vancouver Public Library Reverses Staff Policy on Responding to Overdoses


Vancouver Public Library staff will now be allowed to respond to overdoses inside their buildings, as long as they are trained to do so, the city confirmed Friday.

The move is a reversal of a previous policy that directed library and other public facility staff in the city not to intervene or administer naloxone.

Vancouver’s city manager Sadhu Johnston said the change marks a shift away from the city’s reliance on front line staff and first responders, who until now had been the only ones allowed to administer naloxone.

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