Will give law enforcement ability to deal with new drug threat
OTTAWA, June 5, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of
Health, announced today that the Harper Government plans to regulate
MDPV, a key ingredient in the illicit drug referred to as "bath salts",
under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA).
The so-called "bath salts" earned their name because they look like bath
salts sold in mainstream drug stores. However, unlike legitimate bath
salts, these stimulants can cause psychotic episodes and dangerous
behaviour. Recent media reports have linked the use of "bath salts" to
violence causing harm.
"This action shows our Government's commitment to protecting Canadian
families from this dangerous substance," said Minister Aglukkaq. "This
action helps give law enforcement the tools they need to keep our
streets and communities safe from this new and emerging drug that ruins
lives and causes havoc in communities across the country."
Health Canada will post its intent to make MDPV illegal in Canada Gazette, Part I, on June 9, 2012. The intent is to put MDPV on Schedule I of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, in the same category as heroin and cocaine. The public will have until
July 10, 2012 to comment on this plan. Unless dramatic new evidence
comes to light, this drug is expected to be illegal this fall.
The new rules mean activities such as possession, trafficking,
possession for the purpose of trafficking, importation, exportation and
production would be illegal unless authorized by regulation.
This move will also allow law enforcement agencies to take action
against suspected illegal activities involving these substances.
"We applaud the federal government for their quick response in
recognizing the extreme dangers of the "bath salts" and the listing of
it as a Schedule I drug," said Chief Barry MacKnight, Chair of the
Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Drug Abuse Committee.
"The addition of MDPV in Schedule I of the CDSA will severely hinder
organized crime's ability to procure and profit from this
substance, which they market as Ecstasy. Health Canada's decisive
action in this matter is another example of the excellent collaboration
between the RCMP, Health Canada, and its Federal partners within the
scope of Canada's National Anti-Drug Strategy," says RCMP Deputy
Commissioner, Federal Policing, Mike Cabana.
For further information on "bath salts" and the risks associated with
its use, please see the drug alert on "bath salts" prepared by Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse in
partnership with the Canadian Community Epidemiology Network on Drug Use (CCENDU).
SOURCE Health Canada
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