- Written by Marcel Gemme C.C.D.C
Drug Addiction in Hamilton, Ontario
Every city in every province or state, for that matter, is very individual and unique in their own way. There are more than a few similarities between them all. One of the darker things that most all cities have in common is the alcohol and drug addiction problems that they all face. Drugs and alcohol are being abused terribly everywhere a person turns anymore. This means that a lot of people in Hamilton and Canada's struggle with drug addiction. Drinking and the use of marijuana are actually going up in many areas, not to mention the illegal sale and use of prescription drugs. Add to all that the fact that in many instances, the increases are coming from our young people; as in 18 and under juvenile people. The programs and treatment centers are simply overwhelmed with the number of people requesting help for their addictions.
Some of the drug problems that Hamilton faces come in a wide variety of types, cocaine, crack cocaine, crystal meth, heroin, GHB, Oxycontin, Ecstasy, marijuana and the illegal sale of prescription drugs. All these different drugs are being sold on the streets and becoming a source of addiction for so many people. There is always alcohol on that list also. Alcohol is the one and only constant on every single list in any city. Unlike many cities, Hamilton has a very wide spread and diverse drug addiction problem in its communities. There is no one place that the drugs seem to centralize to or from.
There has been a steady rise of young people drinking and using marijuana. Young people are defined as 14 and over. Statistics show that the average 14-year-old imbibes around 2 gallons of alcohol a year, to get that average many teens drink far less or none, then again, many more drink far more. Young people are beginning to experiment with marijuana at early and earlier ages, currently the age is around 12.