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China and B.C. working together to fight fentanyl

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VICTORIA, B.C. – The RCMP and Chinese Ministry of Public Safety have announced they will work together to combat fentanyl.

China is also co-operating with the Canadian federal government to make “precursors” to fentanyl controlled substances under Chinese law.

“This is a critical step that aligns with B.C.’s advocacy in our fight against the overdose crisis, and we welcome this swift action. Provincial and local enforcement will remain critical, but this is a step forward. We look forward to the same level of commitment from the federal government on a national strategy to ban pill presses and precursors.” said The Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Morris and Minister of Health Terry Lake in a statement released today.

This comes after Premier Christy Clark was in Ottawa last week to call on the federal government to assert “diplomatic pressure” on China to help stop production and export of fentanyl and other opioids.

“We also want to ensure RCMP has the proper supports in place to strengthen bilateral law enforcement and interdiction efforts between these countries. Federal officials assured us they are committed to act on recommendations brought forward by the Province.”

The government says they expect discussions to formalize joint investigations between the RCMP and China to begin next week during the ongoing Canada-China Working Group meeting between the two.

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