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Statement from ministers on detection of carfentanil

With the illicit opioid carfentanil being confirmed in two recent Alberta deaths, the Health and Justice ministers reaffirm government efforts to address and prevent opioid deaths.

“The use of illicit opioids is having a devastating toll in our province. It is important that we do everything we can to support Albertans affected by addictions. We have taken a range of steps to address this crisis, including opening new opioid dependency treatment services, working with physicians on the way opioids are prescribed and stepping up our surveillance tools. But let me be clear: Our work is not done and we will continue to work closely with our partners to ensure we are doing everything to prevent the loss of more lives.”

Brandy Payne, Associate Minister of Health

“This discovery is deeply concerning to our government and we are working closely with our law enforcement partners to ensure Albertans are aware of the dangers of these deadly opioids. We commend the work of our experts inside the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the development of this new test to detect carfentanil. We support our police services to continue their crucial work seizing illicit drugs and using their expertise to share information between jurisdictions.”

Kathleen Ganley, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General

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