Methamphetamine is a real problem in Canada, the majority of people involved are youth and older teenagers. There is a study conducted by Winnipeg Police department about how people on meth are no longer productive, so they have to find other ways to get money to fuel their addiction and get more drugs. People on meth turn to pity theft and other, more serious crimes. Bike theft, residential break-ins, garage theft is now a rising problem in the city.
On Friday, January 18th in Winnipeg an incident happened in one of the restaurants on Isabel Street. Police said they were at the restaurant for an unrelated matter when staff asked them to help to remove the man, who was refusing to leave.
Officers discovered the man was armed with a knife and in possession of an improvised firing device, numerous rounds of ammunition, $100 in meth, and a blank cheque that police said appeared to have been taken from a St. John’s-area business.
A 29-year-old Adam Michael Edward Forget was arrested and now faces multiple charges, he remains at police custody.
Health Minister Cameron Friesen promised a plan to overcome the local methamphetamine crisis in October, but on Tuesday morning, a report from a new task force to combat drug trafficking said the plan would not be available to the public until June 2019.
The three-level task force includes provincial, federal, and municipal leaders who will jointly respond to the rapid increase in the use and distribution of methamphetamine throughout the province.
“The problems associated with illicit drug use destroy families, damage communities, cross borders of all jurisdictions and require a joint and coordinated response from all levels of government,” says Frisen.
Winnipeg was expecting a comprehensive anti-drug strategic plan, as the methamphetamine consumption increased significantly.
Winnipeg authorities started a full-scale investigation into city`s meth problem. 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.