St. Thomas - Today, MPP Jeff Yurek, Elgin-Middlesex-London is calling on the government
to take immediate action and expedite the delivery of a body scanner, while granting
correctional officers at the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre (EMDC) the ability
to carry the lifesaving drug, naloxone. This comes shortly after the facility's
10th death announced this morning.
"The deadly opioid fentanyl has made its way into the London area and has been making
its way into our correctional facilities unnoticed," stated Yurek. "Correctional
officers need to be given the tools that are necessary to assist stopping the flow
of this deadly substance," Yurek continued.
The EMDC is currently operating without a body scanner, and not expected to receive
the equipment from the government until later this year. A scanner would detect
drugs being smuggled into the prison, and in turn would help to reduce these incidents
of overdose. To complicate the matter, guards at the EMDC do not carry naloxone,
a drug that can stop an overdose and save lives.
Yurek has requested a meeting with the Minister to address his concerns.
"The EMDC is in a full blown crisis situation that if not addressed immediately
could reach a tipping point." continued Yurek. "The Wynne government needs to make
immediate arrangements and get a body scanner into the Elgin-Middlesex Detention
Centre and naloxone into the hands of its correctional officers, before another
life is needlessly lost." concluded Yurek.