A Metro Vancouver school district says the province is dragging its heels when it comes to developing a B.C. wide overdose education plan.
Vice-Chair of the Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows School District Susan Carr says they’re waiting to hear back from the province on the overdose initiative idea, and that the silence is starting to grate.
“I’m pretty frustrated with the responses that I’m getting from the province on this topic. It seems that they’re very reluctant to mandate that schools have some kind of, you know, don’t even call it Naloxone kits, let’s call it an overdose response strategy,” she says.
“What are we waiting for? Are we waiting for a kid to die?”
Carr says even if teens aged 18 and under make up just 1% of the overdose statistics, that’s 1% more than it should be.
She says districts are free to put together their own program, but she wants to see the province lead the charge.
“If it’s because of the money, then okay, forget the [Naloxone] kits, lets still make sure that every single school has a plan,” she says.
Fraser Health put on a Drug 101 course Wednesday night at the Greg Moore Youth Centre in Maple Ridge to educate the public about opioids and what symptoms to watch for.
Carr says about 50 people showed up, a mix of the public and service providers.
She says the overdose initiative will be discussed again at the next school board meeting on December 14th.