Manitoba is about to become a first province in Canada to allow paramedics to give olanzapine antipsychotic medication to people on tubetamine.
The Manitoba Government announced a new protocol on Monday to allow paramedics to administer the drug to failed users who are at risk of having a psychosis.
"Paramedics have seen directly how an individual's behavior can change rapidly when they use a faster," said Health Minister, Health and Active Minister Cameron Friesen in a news release.
"By giving paramedics the ability to administer olanzapine, we give them another tool to protect their patients, themselves and others."
The medication, which is reducing or preventing the symptoms of psychosis, is currently being used in a number of clinical settings.
Manitoba paramedics will have to consult a supervisor before giving oral disintegrating tablets to consent patients.
"We are pleased to see that parasitics across the province will be able to administer olanzapine in cases of known or suspected methamphetamamin use," said Brent Bekiaris, chairman of the Paramedic Society of Manitoba, in a news release.
"These patients can quickly develop paranoia and even display violent behavior when they are assessed, so extra treatment options are needed."
The protocol comes into force in early December.