“Shocking Discoveries from Canadian Wastewater Survey”
Stimulants like cocaine, meth, ecstasy, and amphetamines have been a growing concern. The Canadian Wastewater Survey reveals some concerning findings about the usage of these drugs in Canada.
The survey, which began in 2019, has become even more crucial during the pandemic as it was also used to detect increases in COVID-19 in wastewater. It compared the usage of stimulants in Canadian cities with major cities in Europe, highlighting some alarming disparities.
Cocaine usage has seen a significant surge across Canada over the past few years. According to a 2023 United Nations report, 500,000 Canadians used cocaine in 2022, and its availability in the country is higher while the retail price is comparatively lower.
Meth usage, on the other hand, has remained consistently higher in the Prairies, with Prince Albert leading the way for the last two years.
The survey also sheds light on the usage of amphetamines, commonly prescribed for ADHD. The numbers are high and concerning, with part of the usage being contributed by the prescription of these drugs for legitimate medical conditions.
The results of the survey provide eye-opening insights into the prevalence of stimulant usage in Canada, posing a significant public health challenge that requires immediate attention.
As such, it’s essential for authorities to work on comprehensive strategies to mitigate the growing usage of stimulants and address the underlying factors that contribute to this trend. A collective effort from government agencies, healthcare professionals, and communities is necessary to tackle this pressing issue effectively.
The findings of the wastewater survey serve as a stern wake-up call, urging us to rethink our approach to drug use and prioritize the health and well-being of our communities. Failure to do so could have devastating consequences for the present and future generations. A concerted effort is needed to create a safer and healthier society for all.