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Drug Addiction In Saskatchewan

There are about nine hundred and ninety thousand people who live in Saskatchewan. At any given time, there are thirty-seven thousand people in this prairie province that are in need of some sort of treatment from drug addiction problems. This number doesn’t even include those that are addicted to prescription drugs!

Last year, one hundred and twenty-seven suicide attempts were linked back to drug and alcohol use/addiction, say the Saskatchewan RCMP. Usually, people drank significant amounts of alcohol before attempting suicide. The more they drank, the more lethal the attempt was. About one hundred and fifty-eight people commit suicide each year in Saskatchewan. People are also attempting suicide at increasingly younger ages, largely due to the numbers of youth that are trying drugs younger and younger.

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The younger a person starts drinking, and binging on alcohol, the more likely they become a heavy drinker at a young age. This increases the risk of suicide significantly, and Saskatchewan is looking into what they can do to stop the growing trend of youth drinking and committing suicide. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens.

After alcohol, cocaine is the next highest risk factor contributing to suicide in adults and in teens. Doctors in Saskatchewan are studying the numbers hoping that they can find a pattern to be better able to predict who will attempt suicide.

Meth growers from Alberta are trying to make inroads into next door Saskatchewan with little luck, even an undercover police officer has reported that while trying to buy meth, the dealer was talking her out of it, and into buying “healthier” cocaine instead. There has only ever been one meth lab originating in Saskatchewan, and it was a smaller one. Almost all the meth that is found in Saskatchewan can be traced back to Alberta, people smuggle it across the provincial border, usually in their cars.


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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people.

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