It’s the latest obstacle in fighting the war on fentanyl in B.C and it starts from how pills are made.
Five thousand to 16 thousand pills of fentanyl and other illicit drugs, that’s how much pill pressers can spit out an hour.
According to the Tablet Press Club, an online business with an address in Coquitlam, pill pressers can range from three thousand dollars to as much as 16 thousand.
The machines used to push out thousands of pills per hour are easily available for purchase in Canada and it’s legal.
Deputy Chief Mike Serr with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police spoke to Global B.C.
“We really don’t have a lot of enforcement powers at this point as far as the importation of the pill presses or the purchase of pill presses.”
“These presses are being used to help make pills that are actually killing a lot of people.”
While NDP Public Safety Critic Mike Farnwoth is calling for a provincial strategy, Public Safety Minister Mike Morris is looking for something different.
“If we had a national policy on it where they were illegal right across Canada, there would be no question every time we found one.”
Last month, B.C.’s provincial health officer declared a public health emergency because of the rapid rise in fentanyl-related overdose deaths.
Earlier this month, the BC Coroners Service reported 136 overdose deaths so far this year, fentanyl has been linked to almost have those deaths.
CKNW has reached out to the owner of Tablet Press Club for comment but have yet to hear back.