Drug Addiction In Manitoba
The province of Manitoba spends a lot of money every year that can be linked to either drug or alcohol addiction by its residents. Three hundred and twenty-four million dollars was the estimated cost to the province, and that was based on a study from nine years ago. This breaks down to a cost of close to three hundred dollars per person that live in Manitoba.
This does not factor in the cost of health care. The province estimates one hundred and forty-nine million dollars each year is spent on those who struggle with alcohol or drug addiction. The breakdown of those two factors is one hundred and fourteen million dollars spent on abuse of alcohol alone, and the other thirty-five million on those who abuse drugs. Clearly, there is a problem in Manitoba.
Drug use and abuse often lead to other crimes as well. Robbery and prostitution can be linked back to gangs and organized crimes. Since 2002, more than two hundred drug and prostitution houses have been shut down. Most of these houses also had various types of explosives in them, often used for making drugs. Police hope by shutting down these types of residences, they can make neighborhoods safer and less appealing to those who want to continue with illegal activity.
About thirty-seven percent of youth in Manitoba report having used illegal drugs at some point. Twenty percent of those who use illegal drugs report using it at least twice a month. Most commonly used is marijuana, with the next most popular drug being magic mushrooms. Approximately, five percent of youth who report using illegal drugs favor the mushrooms. However, none of the other illegal drugs including cocaine have made its way to the schools in Manitoba with any significant numbers.