Police need more tools to deal with criminals producing fentanyl and other illegal opioids. With Bill 205, Pharmacy and Drug (Pharmaceutical Equipment Control) Act, 2016, Alberta has become the first jurisdiction in Canada to regulate pill presses. However, a national effort is required to save the lives of Canadians, and prevent Canada from becoming a manufacturing centre for drug cartels seeking access to North America’s illegal drug market.
Recommendations to Government of Canada:
1. Create federal regulations under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) to govern the import, export, sale or possession of pill and tablet presses, pharmaceutical mixers (such as “v-mixers”) and capsule-filling machines.
2. Include tablet punches and dies (such as dies or punches labelled as “CDN 80”) in the regulations for pill and tablet presses as accompanying pharmaceutical equipment used in the production of illicit counterfeit drugs.
3. Amend Section VI of the CDSA in order to regulate the following precursor chemicals used in the domestic synthesis of fentanyl:
• Propionyl chloride
• 4-Anilino-N-phenethylpiperidine (4ANPP)
• N-phenethyl-4-piperidone (NPP)
4. Expedite the approval of Narcan, the nasal spray version of the Naloxone treatment, through Health Canada, for use by all first emergency responders at a scene of an opioid overdose.