Naloxone saves K9 Unit after exposure to fentanyl during bust

Published July 20, 2020 6:39 a.m. ET
Updated July 20, 2020 7:09 a.m. ET

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Maximus and his handler Constable Milan Matovski have had several successfully tracks since joining Essex County's K9 unit in November, 2016. (Chris Campbell / CTV Windsor)

LONDON, ONT -- Naloxone doesn’t just save the lives of people as evidenced after an OPP K9 unit was administered naloxone after getting sick due to fentanyl exposure during a drug bust in Leamington.

Last Thursday OPP K9 dog Maximus was assisting police in locating narcotics in a home during a raid.

Maximus became dizzy, disoriented, and his breathing was laboured after being exposed to fentanyl.

Maximus is expected to make a full recovery after he was administered naloxone, a substance used to revive people suffering from opioid overdoses.

Meanwhile a 57-year-old Leamington man is facing several charges after a quantity of fentanyl, cocaine, crystal methamphetamine and Canadian currency was seized from the home on Erie Street South.

The accused will appear in a Windsor court in October.

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