A new program that’s offered in Haliburton County will soon be a law in Ontario.

The Patch 4 Patch program is designed to prevent deaths caused by misuse of fentanyl. It’s a powerful painkiller prescribed by doctors, but it’s misuse has caused numerous deaths across Ontario.

In Haliburton County, and other communities like City of Kawartha Lakes and North Bay, people must return their old patches in order to get new ones. This way, the old patches aren’t sold and people won’t overdose. The program was launched locally in September through a partnership with the HKPR District Health Unit, Haliburton Highlands OPP, Haliburton Highlands Family Health Team, local hospitals and other local organizations.

Bill 33, which will make the program law in Ontario was introduced by Nipissing MPP Vic Fideli and it received all part support in its final reading yesterday.