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Law would battle fentanyl scourge, MP says

September 29, 2016 10:29 A.M.
MP Cathy McLeod on the House.

With people dying in B.C. streets on a daily basis and no immediate or simple solutions to a growing drug overdose crisis, MP Cathy McLeod is lending support to a bill aimed at preventing drug tampering.

The Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP seconded Bill C-307, an act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (tamper resistance and abuse deterrence), an law proposed by Conservative colleague Kevin Sorenson (Battle River-Crowfoot).

McLeod said Thursday that if the proposed law were already in force, it could help authorities deal with the abuse of fentanyl.

“I was pleased to support my colleague Kevin Sorenson’s initiative that will help Canadians deal with the scourge of drug abuse that is confronting many communities in Canada,” McLeod said. “This bill will keep pace with the evolving technology that prevents substances from being tampered with and abused. If this bill were in effect now, it could help deal with the lethal results of the abuse of fentanyl.”

The law would allow Canada to quickly move to control the flow of non-abuse-deterrent formulation and non-tamper-resistant controlled substances or classes of controlled substances. Regulations would enable Cabinet to issue an order halting the availability of a specific drug until it has an abuse-deterrent formulation or it has been made tamper-resistant.

“Every day, we are hearing reports in our riding of deaths by fentanyl or other powerful opioids. We need the government to be able to take swift action to save lives whenever we learn that specific pharmaceuticals are being tampered with and the results are deadly and wide-spread,” McLeod said.

Also on Wednesday, the provincial government announced additional efforts to prevent illicit drug overdoses and related deaths with $10 million going toward an addiction treatment research and training centre and to fund strategies identified under the Joint Task Force on Overdose Prevention.

“Too many families have lost someone they love to addiction or overdose,” said Premier Christy Clark. “We’re fortunate to be home to some of Canada’s leading addiction and recovery experts doing incredible work. This funding will help them continue to identify and develop leading and innovative practices, and prevent more families from enduring the worst possible news.”

Of the investment, $5 million will support the establishment of the new B.C, Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) and address the overdose crisis by focusing on addiction research, health provider education and clinical care guidance. The BCCSU will establish best practices for the province’s addiction treatment system and link together health authorities, academic institutions, care providers and service agencies.


Pierre Filisetti says:
September 29, 2016 02:23pm

Introducing a "bill" in the House of Commons to deal with tampering...because the criminals really care.


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Cathy McLeod says:
September 29, 2016 04:14pm

Paul- you do not fully understand the issue and rest assured this is not partisan on any side of the house. There are a number of measures that must be taken from regulating pill presses to the above. This bill is just one intervention and will decrease the presence of legitimately prescribed medication from getting to the black market. We are all working together and supported by the families. Play politics with other issues but not this one.


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John says:
September 30, 2016 03:17am

I'm not certain who Paul is but I understand your concerns and approach to the issue.
Yes, it is happening in "your" riding. It happens along the Tranquille Road corridor within a short walking distance of Terry Lake's office and within arm's reach of the OLPH Elementary school. It's only a matter of time until some school children find some pills on the ground or sidewalk. The potential is there for a catastrophe to take place.
The Mayor and Council members, both MLA's and you, Cathy, would be shocked to watch some of what goes on during daylight hours. Every level of government needs to be involved in this.
Every available tool is required to at least try and get the upper hand on the situation.


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