A bill regulating how fentanyl is dispensed in Ontario should be in place well before the fall. The proposed law is in its last stage which is getting final public comments. Rules regulating the use of fentanyl were introduced by Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli. He says North Bay saw quite a few deaths from illegal fentanyl use, but since introducing the proposed Bill, there’s been a major turnaround. Fedeli says there has not been a fentanyl-related death in North Bay since agencies adopted its measures.
He adds the Bill will save lives across the province. Under the Bill, fentanyl users have to return their used patches to pharmacies before getting a new one. This way people can’t cut the patches up and sell them illegally to others who could overdose on the drug. The deadline for public comments is July 18th, and assuming there are no significant changes, the Bill will go into effect shortly after that date.