RCMP and China reach deal to fight Fentanyl flow

By James Peters
November 24, 2016 - 12:36pm Updated: November 24, 2016 - 6:26pm

KAMLOOPS — The RCMP have reached a deal with the Chinese Ministry of Public Safety in an effort to stem the tide of fentanyl flowing from the Asian giant into Canada.

BC Health Minister Terry Lake announced the partnership this morning, along with Public Safety Minister Mike Morris.

Lake said a large portion of the fentanyl found on the streets of BC originates in China.

"We do know that the source of much of this fentanyl is, in fact, China. There are chemical factories there that will ship this. It's an uncontrolled substance in China. To see the Chinese authorities focusing on this with the RCMP is really good news."

"We've been asking them to do this for a while now. It was the focus of meetings we had with the premier last week [with] Minister Philpott and Minister Goodale, so I'm really happy that they've got an agreement. This will stem the flow hopefully of deadly fentanyl into our province, and I think will help us as we try to save as many lives as possible."

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