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The province will approve a new treatment option for methane users



The province has approved a new treatment option for nurses to provide methure users who are expected to reduce the risk of a psychotic episode.

Health Minister Cameron Friesen said a new treatment protocol would allow paramedics to provide olanzapine (antipsychotic) to people who have been using methamphetamine and are upset since December.

"By providing healthcare professionals with Olanzapine, we provide them with another tool that protects their patients, by themselves and others," Friesen said in a press release.

In the province, Olanzapine is said to help mitigate or prevent the severity and duration of symptoms, including agitation, in those taking meth.

Manitoba is designed to become Canada's first jurisdiction to sanction the use of olanzapine by paramedics, although patients must agree to treatment, a release state.

The Winnipeg Sun she asked for another note from the Minister of Health.

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