The NDP’s Public Saftey Critic is frustrated the Premier is still asking the feds to deal with pill-presses used to make illegal drugs instead of taking care of them herself.
“There are kids dying in this province. We have record overdose deaths in the province and the Premier continues to say oh it’s up to Ottawa when British Columbia has the power to deal with these pill presses today,” Farnworth says.
Farnworth made the comments a day after the BC Coroners service said 622 people had died of overdoses in B.C. so far this year, 56% more than in all of 2015.
The NDP tabled a private member’s bill on the issue in the summer and Farnworth says if the legislature was sitting now, as it should be, it would pass unanimously.
“There are companies right now selling these things here in British Columbia. We know where they are. Those pill presses are used for one thing and one thing only: to manufacture illegal drugs that are killing people in this province at record numbers,” he says.
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Earlier this year, Public Safety Minister Mike Morris said the province was more interested in there being a national policy on the matter.
Alberta banned the presses, which can spit out between 5,000-16,000 pills an hour, earlier this year.
The Premier is in Ottawa asking for federal assistance to deal with drug overdoses that have been taking an average of two lives a day in BC.