2019-09-03
News Category: Latest News

Methamphetamine Initiative Announced by OACS


The OACS has been working with members of the Ontario Provincial Police to bring increased awareness and education to the growing issue of Methamphetamine use.

The OPP has identified an increase in the use, trafficking, importation and production of methamphetamine in Ontario. Methamphetamine has permeated into every one of our communities. The prevalence of methamphetamine is expected to continue to grow due to its accessibility and demand. The production, distribution and use of methamphetamine has a serious impact on community safety; leading to an increase in a wide spectrum of violent and property crimes – usually in concert with criminal organizations.

The OPP has recognized a steady increase in methamphetamine occurrences, including the dismantling of laboratories and seizures. Seizures of methamphetamine have increased from 15 occurrences where methamphetamine was seized in 2015, rising to 890 in 2018. Regardless of the investigation, methamphetamine remains one of the most consistent commodities seized by police and is increasing in popularityHealth Canada Repots so far in 2019, the most common drug identified by Health Canada’s Drug Analysis Service (drugs that have been seized and sent by Canadian law enforcement agencies) is methamphetamine. It was present in over 25% of exhibits (7,497 of 29,204 exhibits) submitted Canada-wide.

Additionally, Canada Border Services Agency has reported a 333% increase in methamphetamine seizures from 2017-2018.

Law enforcement has identified an increase in the use, trafficking, importation and production of methamphetamine in Ontario.   It is highly addictive and available.   If you see any of the indicators listed on the poster, please notify the police or Crime Stoppers.