Ottawa doctor Peter Piotrowski has warned there is nothing to worry over the new fentanyl pill, saying he is confident it is safe.
Piotrewski says the drug is not yet listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) as a treatment for chronic pain.
He says the pill will not be sold in the province, and that it has not been tested for its effectiveness.
But he says it could be dangerous.
“If you do take it, I’d strongly advise against any kind of prescription,” he said Tuesday.
“The risk of death and serious injury is very real.
I think there is a very real risk.”
The pills were originally manufactured in China, and Piotrikski says that the company will need to ensure that its supply is up to date to be sold.
He expects to have his product in Ottawa by the end of this month.
“I would be shocked if there were any problems at all,” he says.
The pill will be sold at pharmacies across the province starting Jan. 1, with the most popular brands being Z-Code, Z-Wave, and EpiPen.
Pots are also available online.
He also says the fentanyl is not available in pill form in the U.S., but it is available in capsule form in Canada.
But experts say that, even with the increased availability of fentanyl in Canada, there is no way to predict how the drug will be used in the long term.