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Drug abuse is one of the major public health issues that impacts society on multiple levels. Due to the growing illegal intake of fentanyl, RCMP is appealing to the public to help combat this hazardous drug abuse. The public is encouraged to report any information regarding the trafficking and importation of fentanyl in any form, by calling the Crime Stoppers tip line. Crime Stoppers offers up to $2000 reward and guarantees anonymity to persons who furnish information leading to the arrest of or laying of charges against criminal offenders. You may call 1-800-222-8477 toll free, or visit for more information. Leisure Talk Interview

What is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is an opioid medication prescribed by doctors and used as anesthesia or to help alleviate pain after surgery or other medical procedures. It is 50 times stronger than heroin, and 100 times more powerful than morphine. Fentanyl can depress the central nervous system. Improper use of such dangerous drug can be fatal. Fentanyl is the most sought after drug among drug addicts as substitutes for other drugs, such as OxyContin. Fentanyl is brought into Canada through two channels: clandestine laboratory (illegal labs), or illegally imported from countries such as China.

Legitimate Use of Fentanyl under a doctor’s prescription

  • Pain treatment
  • Anesthetic
  • Fentanyl patches for pain

Illegitimate Use of Fentanyl

Controlled Drugs and Substance Act (Federal Law)

  • Illegal importation, trafficking, and production will result in a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

Criminal Code (Criminal Law)

  • Criminal negligence causing death, which may result in 4 years to life imprisonment.
  • Criminal negligence causing harm, which may result in a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment.