“Yesterday, RCMP in Prince George, British Columbia, confirmed that an investigation resulted in the seizure of over 10,000 pills, many of which were dangerous, high-potency prescription opioids originating from so-called "safe supply" programs, that were destined for resale in other provinces across Canada. This seizure is in addition to multiple reports of drug seizures over the last month alone that clearly show organized crime is trafficking and profiting from diverted "safe supply" drugs.

“Alberta has been warning for years that diversion of high-potency opioids from these programs could be diverted and trafficked across Canada, potentially causing irreparable harm and death in communities across the country. In Alberta, we have made the provision of “safe supply” illegal to prevent this very thing from happening. Unfortunately, that does not stop organized criminals from bringing it here illegally from other provinces.

“With the serious concern of diversion becoming evident and the reality that these drugs may be ending up for resale in Alberta, I have asked Deputy Premier and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Services Mike Ellis, and Minister of Mental Health and Addiction Dan Williams, to request an emergency meeting with their counterparts in British Columbia to stop the flow of these high-potency opioids to Alberta.”