“Alberta does not need another study to tell us that our province is in crisis when it comes to opioid addiction,” said Progressive Conservative Justice Critic and MLA for Calgary-West Mike Ellis. “We need to take action now to get these drugs off our streets and help addicts get the treatment they so desperately need. That is why we have consistently advocated for sustained funding to ALERT, increased public awareness, access to long-term care beds and brought forward Bill 205, the Pharmacy and Drug (Pharmaceutical Equipment Control) Amendment Act. In addition, I’m proud to be meeting with our provincial neighbours to develop collaborative solutions to prevent access to opioid drugs.”
The Progressive Conservative record on action when it comes to the fight against illicit opioids is clear. Bill 205, which passed with unanimous support of the Legislative Assembly, regulates the ownership of pill press machines in Alberta and imposes hefty fines for illegal ownership. These provisions represent concrete action led by the PCs to address this crisis – action that will ultimately save lives.
“I developed this practical solution to curbing the manufacturing of drugs like fentanyl and W-18 in our province in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders including the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police and the Alberta College of Pharmacists,” said Ellis. “They, along with experts in Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services, have collected plenty of data on the issue and it is now time for us as legislators to act. I am disappointed to see my colleagues in the Wildrose politicize this crisis. Albertans deserve more from their Official Opposition.”