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Ontario’s police watchdog has opened its first investigation into a death that involved the police administration of the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone.

The Special Investigations Unit announced it was launching an investigation into the death of a 36-year-old Brampton, Ont., man.

The SIU said Peel region officers responded to a medical call early Monday, performing CPR and administering naloxone to the man.

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The agency — which investigates reports involving police where there has been death or serious injury — says the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Ministry of Health announced in December 2017 that naloxone kits would be offered to all police forces in the province.

In a January letter addressed to the SIU, Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police President Bryan Larkin wrote that police forces should not have to inform the SIU of deaths or serious injuries if officers’ only interaction with the person was to administer the opioid-blocking drug.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid painkiller prescribed for sever and chronic pain. It is highly addictive. Globe and Mail Update
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