Crystal Meth, which is more addictive than heroin or cocaine, is claiming more victims each year in Canada. Not only victims directly from drug use, but also victims of violent crime resulting from increased Meth use. Sexual assaults, armed robberies and burglaries are only a sampling of the crimes that are fueled by the use of Meth.
Most alarming is the fact that young people are becoming addicted at never before seen rates. Some as young as 12 and 13 years old. Crystal Meth use in high schools continues to rise as well. The hot-spot in Canada for drug use seems to be British Colombia, where the numbers are off the charts. Alberta is seeing a rise of Crystal Meth and other drug use moving from out of the big city and into the more rural areas.
The citizens of BC appear to be taking strong action against Crystal Meth, which is second only to Marijuana as far as popular drug use. There are signs saying “Meth or Life!” Another sign is “Crystal Meth is Ravaging Our Community”. While their initial actions proved effective, the success was short termed. Community and government need to work hand in hand to make Canada drug-free.
More pronounced in recent years are the numbers of drugs being sold that are cut with other substances. The people who buy these are expecting Crystal Meth, but they are getting more than they bargained for. These mixed drugs are even more dangerous than pure Crystal Meth. Many times, dealers will cut low-grade cocaine with the Meth, which can lead to brain hemorrhages, hallucinations and paranoia.
Meth has been around for over 100 years, however, the increased popularity and damaging effects have been seen primarily in the last 10 years. Synthetic drugs are very popular; this includes ecstasy and crystal meth. The increased use of meth has been documented moving across Canada at an alarming rate. While some communities are still not greatly affected, chances are they will be before too long. Perhaps the time to act against drug use is before it becomes a problem. The communities that are yet untouched by a high number of drug users may be heading off a problem by implementing programs now.
Different parts of Canada have fought valiant battles against drug abuse in their communities, but it will take more than that to win the war. Crystal meth is extremely addictive and produces an instantaneous high that can last up to 8 hours. Addiction occurs almost immediately for most people.