In the midst of a public health Emergency, the Maple Ridge School Board wants to see Naloxone available in middle and high schools across the province.
The board unanimously voted to pen a letter to the Ministries of Education, Health and Children and Family Development.
“To think that there aren’t drugs in schools, we know it’s out there,” says board Vice Chair Susan Carr.
She says that if a student were to overdose and staff weren’t prepared it would be tragic.
“If it would be a designated person in the school like a first aid person, or an administrator. I’m not sure, the ministries would have to consult with all the partner groups.”
As for current students.
“We also know we have students in our district that carry the Naloxone kit, the students are either users themselves or they’re with people that use and they are just trying to be safe.”
Carr is calling on the province to pay for a potential program, because school districts can’t take on and more costs.