WHEREAS fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid pain medication; and
WHEREAS carfentanil is a highly potent analogue of fentanyl; and
WHEREAS fentanyl and its analogues pose significant hazard, potentially fatal, to persons who come into contact with minuscule amounts via inhalation, ingestion or skin contact; and
WHEREAS there is rapid rise in illegal production and consumption of fentanyl and carfentanil; and
WHEREAS the products are often produced in buildings not designed for this activity, which increases risks of contamination and building damage; and
WHEREAS buildings that house fentanyl labs pose complex challenges for cleaning and remediation; and
WHEREAS municipalites are being asked to inspect and certify that fentanyl contaminated dwellings are safe for habitation; and
WHEREAS no standard is established to define or guide this certification;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) request the Government of Alberta to establish defined standards and consistent regulated approaches for inspecting property contaminated by fentanyl or carfentanil.
Sturgeon County remains committed to working with the Government of Alberta to maintain safe communities. The presence and exposure of drug labs has created some public safety concerns regarding several issues, including their presence in communities with children, remediation, and the danger of third-party exposure. Currently there is no clear jurisdiction, protocol or standards to determine that a remediated building is safe for employees, residents or human habitation. Since no standards exist, remediation efforts have been put on hold. As more drug labs are exposed, we believe this experience is or will likely become common amongst other counties and municipal districts across Alberta.
Therefore, the intent of this resolution is to advocate for the development of standards and consistent regulated approaches to ensure that properties contaminated by fentanyl, carfentanil, or other toxic substances are remediated and meet the requirements to be declared safe for entry and habitation.
RMA has no active resolutions directly related to this issue.