Manitoba announces fentanyl task force

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.

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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.


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