Alberta Officials Attend Conference to Discuss Fentanyl Situation

Members of the health care and justice systems from across the country gathered for a two-day session in Calgary and Edmonton to discuss the fentanyl situation facing Albertans last week.

The 2016 Fentanyl Conference – An Alberta Perspective: What We Know Now, took place in Sherwood Park, from Thursday, Oct. 20, to Friday, Oct. 21.

The conference featured key speakers from:

  • Health Canada
    Illicit Fentanyl in Western Canada: A Chemist’s Perspective
  • Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
    Health’s Side of the Fentanyl Crisis
    Toxicology and Effects of Fentanyl
  • Alberta Health Services
    Fentanyl Exposure & Naloxone
  • RCMP
    Fentanyl Uses as an Illicit Drug
    Fentanyl Analogs
    First Responder Case Study
    Fentanyl Safe Handling Guidelines
  • CBSA
    Importation and Mail Centre Interdiction
  • Calgary Police Service & Edmonton Police Service
    The Current Situation & Why We Are Here
    Case Study
  • Office of the Chief Crown Prosecutor
    Public Prosecution Strategies for Fentanyl Cases


Each day of the conference wrapped up with a powder re-processing lab demonstration using lab equipment seized from police investigations.

Opening remarks were provided by:

  • Edmonton Alert Insp. Chad Coles
  • Edmonton Police Service Insp. Dwayne Lakusta
  • RCMP K Division Supt.Guy ROOK, Officer in Charge of Federal Policing North
  • MLA for Calgary West, Mike Ellis