Manitoba announces fentanyl task force
WINNIPEG — Manitoba is the latest province to distribute fentanyl antidote kits to drug users in an attempt to save people from overdosing on the powerful drug. The province has set up a fentanyl task force which will oversee the distribution of 1,300 naloxone kits in Winnipeg and launch a public awareness campaign about the drug. The group will also explore expanding addiction support for opioid drug users and reducing wait times for treatment. Attorney General Gord Mackintosh said the province will spend $500,000 on the initiatives, adding the drug must be stopped before it gains a foothold in Manitoba.