Drug threats are a major concern for the opioid crisis.
The government estimates there are now more than 70,000 fentanyl-related deaths in Canada each year, as well as fentanyl-contaminated products, which include pills and powders.
Some of these deaths are linked to the illicit fentanyl market, with many deaths attributed to fentanyl overdose.
“I think it’s time we start looking at our supply chain and look at what we need to do to make sure we have the most secure supply chain,” said Michael Ouellette, the executive director of the International Narcotics Control Board.
But Ouellete’s group is working on a more general strategy to fight the fentanyl menace.
He says the opioid industry needs to be held accountable, which means getting rid of the fentanyl-containing pills and syringes it is making available on the black market.
“It’s really important that we keep our supply chains open,” Ouellette said.
Ouellette says there is also a need to create better screening and monitoring systems for the drugs, which includes keeping tabs on the supply chain to make certain that they aren’t being used in dangerous ways.
The Canadian government is considering making the fentanyl pills and other drugs illegal.
There are currently more than 5,500 new fentanyl-addicted people in Canada, according to the federal government.
The drug is the most widely abused illicit opioid in the country, and it is responsible for more than 40,000 deaths.