- Written by Marcel Gemme C.C.D.C
Drug Addiction in Edmonton, Alberta
City after city after city in Canada is falling under the shadow of drug and alcohol addiction. The addictions that are caused by it, the illegal profits that are made by it and the violence that usually accompanies it are something that almost every city in North America has to contend with daily. Edmonton Alberta also has to deal with drug addiction problems. There is no shortage of drug and alcohol addiction problems here. The problems here have been slowly growing and seem to be overwhelming the people and the province.
Edmonton has a host of illegal drugs to deal with on top of alcohol. Cocaine, heroin, and the ever increasing prescription-drug addiction are just some of the problems that Edmonton has to face and deal with. In December 2010, after a three-month operation police arrested 65 people for drug trafficking in the greater Edmonton area. In all 153 charges were laid against the arrested individuals for the sale of cocaine, ecstasy, methamphetamines and marijuana. Just a few months earlier police charged 38 people with cocaine trafficking. 700 grams of cocaine were seized and $10,000 in cash. These are very major drug arrests in the city, which does not even begin to take in all the smaller time players. Edmonton is a city with a drug addiction problem of epic proportions.
The alcohol addiction and abuse problem in Edmonton can be characterized by what happened in early March 2011. A drunk driver who had just smashed into six parked cars and as a result a flat right tire still managed to lead a number of police cars on a chase that witnesses say can only be described as a scene from a James Bond movie. The driver was eventually taken into custody after he tested over 2 and half times the legal limit for alcohol. Alcohol plays a role in Edmonton’s problems too.