“Today’s decision from Ottawa is critical in our ongoing fight against the opioid addiction crisis that is gripping our country,” said Mike Ellis, Progressive Conservative Justice Critic and MLA for Calgary-West. “I’m glad to see the federal government move on a number of my recommendations to address this crisis, but we still have more work to do to continue saving lives across the country.”
In May, the Alberta Legislature unanimously passed Ellis’s private member’s bill, Bill 205 – Pharmacy and Drug (Pharmaceutical Equipment Control) Amendment Act, 2016. Bill 205 restricts the ownership of pill press machines, tablet punches and pharmaceutical equipment used to create these illicit drugs. However, stricter legislation on pill press machines in America through the Drug Enforcement Administration has resulted in other provinces in Canada seeing more drug cartels set up shop north of the border.
“The federal government must take Alberta’s lead and tackle this opioid crisis by regulating pill press machines and tablet punches nationwide under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act,” said Ellis. “I look forward to continuing to work with our partners in the federal government and other provincial jurisdictions to ensure our whole country is appropriately addressing the fentanyl crisis together.”