Liberal Bills Require Naloxone Kits in Schools, Provide At-Home HPV Testing
October 31, 2023 – (Halifax, NS)
After an increase in overdoses among young people in Nova Scotia, Education shadow minister Derek Mombourquette will table a bill that would require naloxone kits to be available in all public schools in Nova Scotia to ensure staff and students have the tools to prevent potential overdoses.
“These tragic situations are a solemn reminder of the of the importance of implementing harm reduction initiatives in our schools,” said Mombourquette. “Equipping our staff and students with naloxone kits is a simple step that has the potential to save young lives.”
Health and Wellness shadow minister Kelly Regan will table the At-Home HPV Testing Act which would follow the lead of P.E.I. and British Columbia to provide at-home HPV tests for all people from age 25 onward who have a cervix. Medical experts have advocated for this preventive measure and hope its expansion can eradicate cervical cancer in the future.
“Preventive and accessible screening is crucial in detecting diseases such as cervical cancer early,” said Regan. “Other provinces have acted to make at-home tests a reality. The Houston government, who ran on a promise to fix healthcare, should do the same.”