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Ion scanners: ‘an investment that will save lives’

OPSEU/SEFPO leaders are applauding government for installing fentanyl-detecting “ion scanners” at 10 jails across the province, according to The Midland Mirror.

“Plain and simple, this is an investment that will save lives,” said OPSEU/SEFPO President Warren (Smokey) Thomas in The Mirror. “I’m grateful the members of my union kept urging government to provide these scanners, and I’m pleased to see the government take action.”

These scanners are capable of detecting a variety of drugs, including fentanyl, which can cause serious harm even with incredibly small exposures.

“We’ve all be so focused on the COVID-19 pandemic that it’s easy to forget that the opioid crisis has dropped out of the headlines,” said OPSEU/SEFPO First Vice-President/Treasurer Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida. “Our members on the front lines are painfully aware that opioids, like fentanyl, are still out there causing incredible harm.”

“This technological investment will go a long way in providing correctional staff with the added tools to detect contraband before it enters our institutions, enhancing staff, inmate and public safety even further,” said Chris Jackel, chair of OPSEU/SEFPO’s Corrections Division.