Canada’s public safety minister says his government is open to restricting the use of pill presses in a bid to curb the fentanyl epidemic.
Speaking on the Lynda Steele Show, Ralph Goodale says Ottawa isn’t ruling anything out to try and get the drug off the street.
“I certainly understand the anxiety of people like the minister here, [Solicitor General Mike] Morris and others, who have said they would like to see a national rule against the illegal use of pressers, I think we would all like to see that, enforceable across the country.”
However, Goodale says while he likes the idea, the challenge would be actually implementing it.
“But that becomes the question. Can you actually make that effective? We’re considering all of the options now because fentanyl is just a deadly drug.”
Goodale’s comments come on the heels of a call by Morris to ban the devices nationally.
This, after it emerged that pill presses, capable of pumping out thousands of tablets an hour, are perfectly legal in B.C.
South of the border, the DEA must approve all presses, even those used to produce vitamins.