Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann Wants More Action on Fentanyl

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann Wants More Action on Fentanyl

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Liberal leader wants more action on fentanyl

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CALGARY - Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann says the government should declare a public health emergency to allow officials to get a better handle on the drug fentanyl.

Swann says it would be likely to prompt police, social workers and health-care providers to work together and free up some resources.

Swann points out that there were 150 opiate overdose deaths by the end of June in Alberta.

He suggests there should be weekly updates on fentanyl deaths similar to the ones the province provides for the flu in the winter.

Associate Health Minister Brandy Payne says a state of emergency is more appropriate for communicable diseases.

She says the designation would provide too many broad powers to authorities such as police going into homes without search warrants, closures of schools and seizure of property. …

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