Drug Addiction on the rise in Canada

Drug addiction is a worldwide scourge and efforts to contain supplies are being carried out in many countries. Unless the drug cartels are stamped out the supply of drugs will flow into countries to entice our teenagers to the habit.  Regulating or stopping the flow of these health hazards is not that simple.  One of the countries plagued by drug addiction is Canada. What should authorities do about it? What can they do about it and how bad is it in reality? The Canadian drug rehabilitation center is a popular support center but to get the children there is not so easy.

In 2016 it is reported that 2400 Canadians died from opioid use but the health authorities think it to be much higher. Drugs are aimed at school going children primarily who will tell their parents that it helps them with the pressure build-up of exams today. Peer pressure has a lot to do with smoking LSD or Marijuana. It provides, or the children say it provides, a release and an escapism from the reality of being under pressure all the time. In actual Stop addictionfact, this might work once or twice but by that time, the child or adolescent is hooked on some or other drug. The use of drugs varies from recreational purposes to using whilst in a depressed state.

Take “Bath Salts” for example. These were first available virtually anywhere, gas stations convenience stores etc until the DEA and CBSA imposed a ban on them. The effect of the so named “bath salts” is similar to methamphetamine producing a “high “when smoked, taken internally etc. They are also called “designer drugs”.  The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) has banned the chemical. It is widely known that more drugs are brought into Canada unbelievably by women rather than men and the opioid crises continues to prevail across Canada. Most of the drugs come from China and Hongkong 

Popular drugs in Canada are the methamphetamines, Marijuana, Cocaine and Ecstasy and the number of users between the ages of 15 to 24 years is increasing. Provinces in Canada have seen an increase in drug related deaths and 25 deaths coupled with 600 overdoses were seen in June alone. The drug Fentanyl, used as a pain medication is regularly seized by the CBSA however the quantity coming into the country has increased. 205 Kg were seized in 2017 compared to 58 Kg in 2015. Some of this drug is sourced from Mexico as well and is also imported legally as patches for pain relief. Some doctors have prescribed overdoses of it and one doctor is awaiting sentencing for this.

Recently it was announced that Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and his Chinese counterpart will work together to reduce supplies of drugs. Also, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) commissioner has met with the Chinese Vice-Minister to strengthen the law enforcement methods to stop the flow of opioids out of China. A recent report on opioid poisoning in Alberta, shows the Fentanyl drug poisoning to be 50% higher than in Ontario. Alberta lost 338 people to poisoning in 2016 and so it goes on. The main problem with this drug is that it can be cut with other medications and you cannot see it or smell it. Reportedly it is said to be up to 100x more toxic than Morphine. The Government of Canada has listed a strategy to combat drug use. Some of these points are:

  • To escalate education on the use of drugs
  • More support and rehabilitation services
  • The escalation of the drug trafficking laws
  • More funding for the CBSA.

It is agreed that something has to be done and Health Canada as well as the Public Health Agency is committed to achieving stringent measures from now on.

References:    

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/substance-abuse/canadian-drugs-substances-strategy.html  

https://globalnews.ca/news/3072316/a-province-by-province-look-at-opioid-overdose-stats-including-fentanyl/

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