Our local health unit wants to see more action addressing the rising issue of ‘bootleg’ Fentanyl in the province.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit says there needs to be a coordinated response to prevent the potential flood of the drug entering Ontario, which in turn would lead to more overdoses.

Fentanyl is a painkiller, and is usually prescribed by doctors, although it has also become an illegal drug on the street.

The health unit says Ontario has seen an increased presence of the drug.

The health unit wants to make sure local agencies are aware of the problem, and would also like the provincial government to take steps to respond to it.