Vol­un­teer saves pet mouse that over­dosed on heroin

Cape Breton Post - - Canada -

VAN­COU­VER – A harm re­duc­tion group on the front line of Van­cou­ver’s over­dose cri­sis can now in­clude a small, furry mouse on the list of lives it has saved.

Melissa Pat­ton was vol­un­teer­ing with the Over­dose Pre­ven­tion So­ci­ety in the city’s Down­town East­side on Sun­day when a woman showed up with a pet mouse, say­ing the an­i­mal had eaten heroin. The an­i­mal was “pretty co­matose,” barely mov­ing and barely breath­ing, she said. “You can’t re­ally Nar­can her be­cause she’s so tiny, like with an in­jec­tion,” Pat­ton said, re­fer­ring to the brand name for the over­dose-re­vers­ing drug nalox­one.

“So I just put a lit­tle Nar­can on my fin­ger and I put it on her nose and she wiped it off with her paws and was lick­ing it.”

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