New measures are one more step in the Government's response to the opioid crisis
OTTAWA, May 15, 2019 /CNW/ - The crisis of opioid overdoses continues to be one of the most serious public health issue in Canada's recent history. Tragically, 10,337 Canadian lives were lost between January 2016 and
Today, the Government of Canada announced new regulatory amendments to help tackle the illegal trafficking and production of controlled substances. The amendments under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) come into force immediately and control specific chemicals—known as precursors—from being imported and used in the illegal production of fentanyls and amphetamines, such as methamphetamine and MDMA (commonly known as ecstasy).
In recent years, law enforcement identified novel chemicals not controlled under the CDSA that were making their way across the border and being used in the illegal production of fentanyls and amphetamines. Before these regulatory changes, law enforcement could take action only once illegal substances were produced using these chemicals, or if there was evidence that the chemicals were intended to be used to produce an illegal substance.
With today's changes, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and other law enforcement officers can now take action against illegal activities involving precursor chemicals, such as benzylfentanyl, derivatives and analogues of 4-anilino-N-phenethylpiperidine (ANPP) and norfentanyl. Specifically, officers can detain and seize these chemicals to prevent them from entering Canada.
Controlling precursor chemicals will help to decrease the production and supply of illegal drugs that contribute to problematic substance use in Canada. The Government of Canada is taking action to address the opioid crisis through a compassionate, comprehensive, collaborative and evidence-based public health approach, which includes prevention, treatment, harm reduction and enforcement activities.
"We continue to face one of the most significant public health crises in Canada's recent memory. This crisis is as complex as it is tragic. The regulatory amendments that come into effect today will help protect the health and safety of Canadians by making it easier for our border service and police officers to tackle illegal trafficking and production of controlled substances involving novel chemicals. Controlling these chemicals will help to reduce the contamination of the illegal drug supply with highly toxic substances, ultimately helping to save lives."The Honourable Ginette Petitpas TaylorMinister of Health
"Public Safety Canada continues to work with partners across the federal government, along with provinces, territories and municipalities, and with other countries including the United States and Mexico, to reduce the smuggling of opioids across our borders. Further disrupting the supply chain of illegal opioids and the precursor chemicals used in their manufacture remains a key priority and essential to stopping overdoses in Canada and helping Canadians live safe and healthy lives."The Honourable Bill BlairMinister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction
Related Links Regulating Controlled Substances and Precursors Federal Actions on Opioids Interactive Map: Canada's Response to the Opioid Crisis Canada Border Services Agency Seizures
SOURCE Health Canada
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