- Category: Canada News
- Published Wednesday, January 13, 2016
- CTV News
WINNIPEG -- Manitoba is setting up a task force to look at problems associated with the drug fentanyl.
Attorney General Gord Mackintosh and Health Minister Sharon Blady were scheduled to make the announcement on Wednesday.
Fentanyl has been blamed for more than 650 deaths across Canada in the last six years.
The opioid is used as a painkiller for terminally ill cancer patients and is 100 times more powerful than heroin.
Police and health officials say the drug poses a serious threat to public safety across North America.
Ontario recently passed a private-member's bill that forces people who take the drug through a skin patch to turn in their used patch before getting a new one.