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Manitoba was the first province to give paramedics the ability to use a drug to help prevent methamphetamine-related psychosis.
On Monday, Health Minister Cameron Friesen announced on Monday that olanzapine is currently part of the medical staff's toolkit to launch the Substance Abuse and Addiction Awareness Week.
. We're giving paramedics to this supplementary tool, and we believe that this will not only help keep the addicts who exhibit signs of stress, symptoms of psychosis, or excessive agitation.
Olanzapine is an anti-psychotic drug that can be taken orally with disintegrating tablets. It helps to reduce the severity of symptoms such as agitation for meth users.
The health minister admitted that the drug was part of the meth plan in the province, but not the whole riddle.
Friesen said the government has already opened five pilot rapid access to addictive medicine clinics and increased bed capacity at some treatment facilities. He failed to explain whether to present a long-term strategy for the fight against methane in Manitoba, but the 2018 Virgo report received a report on his mental health and dependencies as a roadmap for the province.
"Manitobans believe that the government will continue to respond, that we will continue to create additional announcements when we receive this report, and that we display what we have to do and the same flexibility and innovation. We respond," he said. "We don't do everything we have to do yet, and we're totally involved in this."
The medical director of the Manitoba Addiction Foundation. Ginette Poulin welcomed the inclusion of olanzapine in the paramedics' arsenal. He also pointed out that there is more work to be done to curb the meth crisis.
Lin Because this is a very violent crisis, it is difficult: we react rather than proactively, and it's hard to keep up with what I call the ‘drug” of the day, çok says Poulin.
"So we were dealing with the opioid crisis and we were trying to find ways to manage it more effectively, and then we had the crystal metherin rise yükseliş We're trying to look at other jurisdictions, and unfortunately there's no crystal meth, no magic antidote, or no pills that dissolve them all."
NDP health critic Andrew Swan said the state government was "at the highest level in providing information about marijuana," but public education was delaying on meth.
. This is a trial measure.
Jessica Botelho-Urbanski covers the Manitoba Legislative Council for the Winnipeg Free Press.
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