- Written by Marcel Gemme C.C.D.C
Drug Addiction in Kitchener, Ontario
Kitchener has something in common with many other cities throughout Canada and the United States. The issues Kitchener faces with drug and alcohol addiction daily. These problems are more than commonplace all over the world now. The cities and towns all over Canada are no different than any other. There are drug addiction programs and treatment centers in place but the overwhelming demand for help and services are leaving these programs stretched to their utmost limits. This is leaving people little recourse, even the privately run residential programs are only able to help a few at a time. Provinces on a whole, not to mention the cities and the towns are simply at a loss as to what to do; the demand for services is far higher than they are prepared to cope with at this time.
The size of the drug addiction problem in Kitchener is readily apparent from a simple Google search on the subject. So many different hits come up from different drug arrests for the use of cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy not to mention the illegal sale of prescription drugs on the street. Prescription drugs are quickly becoming the drug of choice in many areas. There is a steady supply, everyone knows exactly where to get them and their resale value in some areas can be as much as 400%. In recent years, the marijuana problem in Kitchener has been incredible, two seizures of plants number 900 and 1000. The resale value on the streets would be close to two million.
Cocaine trafficking in Kitchener is also a major problem, and it’s growing steadily. Two recent seizures of approximately 45 to 46 grams would have brought a street sale value of close to six million dollars for each of them. Cocaine’s psychologically addictive properties make it a very lucrative business for sellers.