- Written by Marcel Gemme C.C.D.C
Drug Addiction in Montreal, Quebec
Drug and Alcohol addiction in Montreal varies with age. Ratios are about 8.08 percent, which is considered low, between the leading cities of Canada. Alcohol is more widely spread then initial drugs though various hallucinogens are more popular among high-school students as where marijuana is a leading drug for all ages.
The rate of trial in alcohol taken through a poll with a time span of twelve months shows that 69 percent of students have tried alcohol one or more times. The rate of drugs in the same twelve-month timeline shows 41 percent of the same group of students. However, the same poll is taken each year with different students in the same class level and shows little variation in the out-coming numbers.
School systems stay constant in their numbers though busts but raids show drastic changes in the streets. Police tied a base for growing and harvesting over 2,000 marijuana plants to an industrial building that distributed to house(s). One house alone had sold over 1 million dollars worth of marijuana each month. This was one of the larger busts and concluded in over 25 arrests.
Montreal is more commonly known for marijuana, though others have made their way into other drug rings. Montreal's police along with Royal Canadian Mounted Police or RCMP ceased eight men for trafficking 16 kilograms of cocaine. Larger rings of trafficking have been linked to the Italian mafia after 19 arsons were apprehended for setting Italian style cafes aflame in what had appeared to be a drug-trafficking turf war. The cafes had various ties to selling and taking shipments of drugs such as heroin, cocaine and contraband tobacco. The ring itself was making over 70 thousand dollars in sales of said drugs each week. The police are hopeful with this large bust and the obvious loss of power in the Montreal mafia that they can find and take down more Montreal drug trafficking rings.