Methamphetamine is a real problem in Winnipeg. As per Winnipeg Police, there is a spike in meth-related crime incidents, like property theft, residential break-ins, unreasonable anger towards each other (meth users) and other people around them, violent attacks, some ending up in lethal outcomes for victims, lately there were three deadly beatings in just three days in the city, one of the incidents is already connected to meth use, two other cases are still under investigation.
On Wednesday, Winnipeg Police Chief Danny Smyth spoke about the struggle with meth in the city at an information session. The session took place at the Gonzaga Middle School in North Point Douglas, there were about 75 people present. Some were there just to listen and get some information. Others were present because they have somebody in their family or among their friends battling a meth addiction or dealing with a stress after a meth-related incident of a psychological trauma.
Lori Champman was among the people present at the session, Her daughter, Erin battles with a meth addiction and Lori was there to get more information on the resources, that city is putting into fighting this problem, to find out about other ways to fight the addiction to help her daughter get better and overcome the addiction. Lori hopes that city authorities really take this issue seriously and will work out a plan of actions to deal with it. She thinks there should be more resources appointed toward meth-related crimes and incidents to not just arrest the people involved, but also to find out the sources they get the meth from, locate production facilities and stop it where it begins.