The Canadian government is moving to control six chemicals used to make the deadly opioid fentanyl.
Health Canada says the regulations will be introduced immediately to combat the growing fentanyl crisis.
But former Canada Border Services Agency officer Dave Langlands says it’s not enough to regulate the ingredients.
“It’s positive, you’ve got to give them positive reinforcement and pat them on the back but they’re talking about chemicals to make fentanyl. Fentanyl is coming in as fentanyl,” he says.
“It’s sort of like a pineapple is a pineapple. They’re using a number of different chemicals to make ecstacy, meth, that we’re allowing and that the U.S. doesn’t.”
Langlands says a ban on pill presses is what’s really needed to tackle the crisis.
Earlier this month, the Coroners Service reported overdose deaths had eclipsed 2015 by 56%, with about two people a day now dying from illicit drugs.