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Local MPP to introduce bill to crackdown on illegal pill press machines and the people that make them

Fentanyl pills are shown in an undated police handout photo. Politicians and public health officials say increasing access to overdose-fighting medication is key to tackling the fentanyl-fuelled opioid crisis that is moving across the country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT)

Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris will introduce a private members bill today at Queen’s Park in Toronto.

The bill aims to crackdown on people that manufacture deadly opioids like fentanyl, while stopping the people that make them dead in their tracks.

It’s called “Act on Opioids Act” and it has two specifics.

MPP Michael Harris tells 570NEWS it’ll give law enforcement more power to stop the drug from being made and better yet, get them off the streets before possibly getting into the hands of a loved one.

“It addresses the illegal pill pressing machines that folks have in their basement as well as giving innovative companies the power they need to make temper-proof, abuse-deterrent opioids that will help people. We want to take a more holistic approach when it comes to the crisis we have here in Ontario. We have to stop people who make 10-15 thousand illegal opioid pills an hour.”

One of the most shocking statistics to come out of a new report by the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences is the fact that 734 people died from opioid-related overdoses in Ontario in 2015.

MPP Harris and the Progressive Conservative Party hope to drop that number to zero.