Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Moves to Restrict Ownership, Use of Pharmaceutical Pill Presses

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Moves to Restrict Ownership, Use of Pharmaceutical Pill Presses

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B.C. moves to restrict pill presses

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VICTORIA - British Columbia is cracking down on pill presses in a bid to ease the ongoing opioid overdose crisis gripping the province.

The provincial government says in a news release that it has introduced legislation restricting the ownership, possession and use of equipment that can be used to make illicit drugs.

Under the new rules, only authorized individuals or corporations would be allowed to own pill presses, gel cap machines and pharmaceutical mixers, and anyone wanting to sell the equipment would be required to register and agree to a criminal record check.

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth says police have asked for greater control and monitoring of pill presses in order to disrupt the supply of illicit drugs and get counterfeit pills off the streets. …

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