NDP Introduces Bill to Fight Fentanyl Crisis By Restricting Possession of Pill Presses

The NDP today introduced a bill to help fight the fentanyl crisis by limiting the ownership and possession of pill presses.

“Manitobans are dying from fentanyl and carfentanil overdoses so it’s important that we do everything possible to stop the trafficking of these extremely dangerous drugs,” NDP Health Critic Matt Wiebe said today. “Pill presses are cheap and easy to obtain and dealers are using them to make pills laced with the deadly drugs.”

Pallister Government Must Ensure Essential Medicine Mifegymiso Is Accessible and Affordable for all Women: Fontaine

The Manitoba NDP urges the Pallister government to develop a dispensing and regulation plan for Mifegymiso and include it in the provincial Pharmacare plan to ensure that all women have easy access to it, MLA Nahanni Fontaine said today.

“Mifegymiso is listed by the World Health Organization as an ‘essential medicine’ and was approved by Health Canada in July,” Fontaine said. “When the abortion pill becomes available this month it will be too expensive and too difficult to obtain for many women unless the government ensures it is affordable and accessible.”

Statement from Matt Wiebe on midwifery programming

While in government, we recognized the need for more midwife training and had found a solution we committed to fulfilling through a joint program. Over the last few months, we have called on the government to make sure midwifery programming continues. It is positive that the PC government is now alert to the need for immediate action to ensure courses continue in the fall. However, we are uncertain what this means for Northern partnerships. We are hopeful that the announcement today meets the needs of students, though we are unaware whether any of the students were notified of these new plans.