Naloxone kits are now readily available to those in the public who may be in high risks situations.
"It's a little bit of a misnomer because it's readily available to the public that may be at risk," Estevan's Fire Chief, Dale Feser. "However, it's not made available to first responders that could be responding to that."
"There are two different styles of the kits. The nasal spray version is safer for us to use so we don't have to worry about injection hazards so that's the route we're probably going to go."
"We are in talks right now to secure some nasal naloxone kits and then provide our members with the training but it's going to be more so for our own personal use. We obviously want to leave that to our EMS partners who are the professionals when it comes to that. We will be there to stand by and assist if needed but the kit that we have will be for our own personal protection just in case we suffer an exposure."
He added that he is concerned about coming into contact with fentanyl.
"You just never know when you're going to come across something like that. It could be at a car accident, it could be at a house fire, it could be assisting EMS or police services so we need to be prepared."
"It's very fortunate that we haven't seen too high rates of exposure or occurrences in the city. Not to say that it couldn't go on the rise here but it is something we are preparing for."
Feser adds that thankfully, they haven't had to use naloxone yet.