Consultation - Proposal regarding the scheduling of AH-7921 and MT-45 under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and its Regulations

Notice to the reader:

The Order and Regulations with respect to AH-7921, MT-45 and W-18 have been finalized.  They were published in Canada Gazette, Part II on June 1, 2016. Go to the Canada Gazette (Order) and (Regulations) for further details.

The purpose of this Notice of Consultation is to provide an opportunity to comment on Health Canada's proposal to add AH-7921 and MT-45 to Schedule I to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and to the Schedule to the Narcotic Control Regulations.

In March 2015, the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs voted in favour of controlling AH-7921, a synthetic opioid, under Schedule I of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961 (1961 Convention). As a signatory, Canada has an obligation to adopt the controls required by the 1961 Convention. As structurally-related substances to AH-7921 are also known to have abuse potential and are included in the Convention, the salts, isomers and salts of isomers of AH-7921 will also be scheduled along with the parent substance.

MT-45 is a synthetic opioid with potential health risks similar to those of other controlled opioids. In order to capture substances that are structurally related to MT-45 with known psychoactive effects, it is proposed that the salts, derivatives, isomers and analogues of MT-45 and the salts of these substances be scheduled along with the parent substance.

How to Get Involved

Proposed amendments are outlined in a Notice to Interested Parties (NTIP). The NTIP was published in Canada Gazette, Part I, on August 1, 2015, initiating a 30-day comment period ending on August 30, 2015.

Go to the  Canada Gazette for further details.

If you are interested in this process or have comments on the proposed changes, please contact:

By mail at:

Regulatory Policy Division,
Controlled Substances and Tobacco Directorate,
Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch,
Health Canada,
Address Locator: 0302A,
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0K9.

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