OTTAWA, Sept. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister
of Health, accompanied by Senator Jean-Guy Dagenais, announced today
that the Harper Government has delivered on its promise to make MDPV, a drug commonly found in "bath salts", illegal to possess, traffic,
import or export, unless authorized by regulation.
"Our Government is committed to protecting hardworking Canadian families
and keeping our streets and communities safe," said Minister Aglukkaq.
"That's why we have moved quickly to make the illicit drug known as
"bath salts" illegal to possess, traffic, import or export, unless
authorized by regulation."
Canadians shouldn't confuse the drug MDPV, which bears the street name
"bath salts", with legitimate bath salts that are purchased at
mainstream retailers. "Bath salts" are powerful drugs that look like
regular bath salts, but are used for the purpose of causing
This regulatory amendment responds to concerns expressed by health
officials about the health and safety risks associated with the use of
MDPV, as well as by law enforcement and the Canada Border Services
Agency, about the substance's growing popularity and availability in
MDPV is now included in the same category of drugs as heroin and
cocaine. This means all activities involving this substance are
illegal, except for research and scientific activities, which must be
authorized by regulation. This action gives law enforcement the
authority to investigate suspected illegal activities involving MDPV,
which will help keep our communities safe from this new and emerging
"Our law enforcement partners and numerous other organizations and
individuals across Canada are engaged in combating illegal drugs in
Canada," said Staff Inspector Randy Franks of the Canadian Association
of Chiefs of Police and Acting Chair of the Canadian Association of
Chiefs of Police Drug Abuse Committee. "Today's announcement by the
Government of Canada to add MDPV in Schedule I of the Controlled Drug
and Substances Act is an important step in stopping organized criminal
groups from acquiring and profiting from this illegal substance."
Full text of the order including MDPV in Schedule I to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
Full text of the regulation including MDPV in the Schedule to Part J of
the Food and Drug Regulations.
SOURCE: Health Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Federal Minister of Health
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