The opioid crisis which affects the United States lately crossed the border in Canada as many regions of the country are recording increased levels of opioids consumption. But that’s not the case in Manitoba. According to some recent reports from the Addictions Foundation, a crystal meth crisis hit Manitoba.
The researchers at the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba stated that the crystal meth consumption levels surged by over 100 percent in the adult population and about 50 percent in youth during the past four years. On the other hand, the province’s chief medical examiner claimed that 35 overdose deaths in 2017 were caused by crystal meth ODs, up from 19 cases in 2016.
According to Insp. Max Waddell from the Winnipeg’s organized crime unit, “we see an unprecedented amount of methamphetamine that has come into our city,” because this drug is easy to make, is cheap, and widely available. Also, crystal meth gives a longer “high” than others, lasting for about 14 hours. In comparison, crack cocain’s effects remain for only 45 minutes.
Manitoba hit by crystal meth crisis, even though the rest Canada is struggling with the opioid crisis
“Methamphetamine makes people very unpredictable, and when people are unpredictable, that means they are not in control of themselves. They become in a state of psychosis where they are seeing and hearing things that are not real,” explained Insp. Max Waddell.
According to the local police, possession charges for crystal meth soared up by a whopping 890 percent in the last six years, and as early as in January 2018 the authorities removed over 5,800 grams off the streets.
On the other hand, all the other regions in Canada fight the opioid crisis, while the Federal Government allocated significant funds to combat this situation and build facilities to treat the addicts. However, that can’t be said about the crystal meth crisis in Manitoba.
“It’s like fighting a war with a water gun. It’s very frustrating,” said Marion Willis, the founder of a 10-bed transitional housing facility in Winnipeg where crystal meth addicts try coping with their condition.