Paramedics Manitoba Empowered to Dosage Agitated Patients with High Methamphetamine – Winnipeg


Paramedics in Manitoba will soon follow a new drug protocol that will allow them to administer an antipsychotic medication to methamphetamine users, the first jurisdiction to do so.

The drug, olanzapine, is given to people who are shaken with a lot of methamphetamine and at risk of suffering from psychosis. Oral tablets help reduce or prevent the intensity and duration of symptoms.

"I think today what the Manitobans saw was an immediate response to what we are learning in everyday communities of paramedics, doctors, doctors and nurses," Health Minister Cameron Friesen told reporters after the announcement.

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Manitoba is the first jurisdiction in Canada to allow paramedics to administer olanzapine to consenting patients after consulting a supervisor. The practice is currently used in Australia and New Zealand, according to the province.

The drug will improve the safety not only of methamphetamine users but also of paramedics who deal with the unpredictable behavior of high methamphetamine patients, Friesen said. He also noted that the province still has a lot of work to do when it comes to tackling the province's methamphetamine crisis.

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"We have not done everything we need to do yet," he said. "We are fully engaged in this work."

The new protocol will take effect in early December.

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