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BC United renews calls for NDP to provide access to nasal naloxone

VICTORIA (June 13, 2024) – In response to the recent demand from B.C. trades workers for nasal naloxone on construction sites, BC United is renewing its call for the NDP to take immediate life-saving steps to provide access to nasal naloxone for all British Columbians.

“Nasal naloxone is an important tool that could be helping to save lives on our construction sites and in our communities,” said BC United MLA Shirley Bond, Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Addictions, and Recovery. “David Eby’s NDP government needs to take immediate action to expand access to nasal naloxone — there is no time for delay.”

BC United has repeatedly demanded that the NDP government provide nasal naloxone to the public as it offers a simpler and faster delivery method to reverse overdoses. Since 2016, more than 14,500 British Columbians have lost their lives to overdoes, with 20 percent of these victims being employed on trades, transport, or as equipment operators. This highlights the importance of not only making nasal naloxone accessible to the broader public but also specifically distributing it to construction sites.

Last year, BC United released its “Better is Possible” plan, which addresses mental health and addiction issues by providing free treatment, expanding support for complex mental health needs, and implementing robust awareness and prevention campaigns.

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