“In recent years, Alberta has seen a staggering escalation in fentanyl overdoses, and we must address this rising concern,” said Mike Ellis, Critic for Justice and Solicitor General and MLA for Calgary-West. “With nearly 275 Albertans dying in 2015 alone from fentanyl overdoses, it is time we provided police with the tools they need to deal with the illegal production of pills so we can begin to save lives.”
Bill 205 will:
- Regulate the ownership, operation and possession of pill or tablet presses.
- Establish clear penalties for the breach of this Act that will have a serious financial impact on criminals.
- Create a regulatory process that will outline protocols for seizure and removal of pill or table presses.
“The Alberta College of Pharmacists supports this amendment to the Pharmacy and Drugs Act and any complementary strategies that can assist in curbing the production and sale of illicit drugs,” said Rick Hackman, President of Alberta College of Pharmacists. “This reflects our commitment to working with community agencies, other health professionals, law enforcement agencies and government to make our communities safe.”