ORILLIA, ON-The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have saved 102 lives using naloxone to combat the growing opioid crisis.

Officers began carrying naloxone back in September of 2017 as the severity of the opioid-related overdoses were becoming more common. According to an announcement from the OPP today, due to officers carrying, they have been able to administer on-site and save multiple people.

The police force says that between September 2017 and November 2019, 66 percent of naloxone recipients were male and 34 were female.

The average age of people being given naloxone were 31-years-old for females and 32 for males.

Most opioid incidents occurred within a residence and there was a 121 per cent increase in opioid overdoses attended by the OPP from 2016 to 2018.

If you have any questions about opioids, visit opp.ca/opioids.