Crystal meth and crack cocaine are on the rise as people seek cheap highs and the drugs become more available.
“We’re seeing the influx and influence of crystal meth in the community,” Kamloops RCMP Supt. Brad Mueller said Monday.
It’s a trend that’s picking up throughout Western Canada, he told the City’s police committee.
Coun. Nelly Dever asked if the meth use is up among teenagers, particularly high-school girls looking to lose weight.
Insp. Jennie Latham agreed that it is marketed that way, but added that street people like it too because it lasts a long time and it’s cheap.
The detachment has an anti-meth campaign in the works that should be out in the schools before Christmas, she said.
“It’s destructive,” said Mueller, noting addiction rate with crystal meth and crack cocaine are far higher than with many other drugs.
The other side of the crystal meth problem is it’s sparking a lot of property crime. Mueller said addicts will smash a car window to get spare change visible in the console or to grab a pair of sunglasses that can be sold for a few dollars.
Property crimes for July 1 to Sept. 30 were up almost 27 per cent this year compared with last year, he said. Drug-related thefts are also pushing up numbers for lower-end robberies and break-and-enters.
So far, most of the meth circulating in Kamloops is being made in other centres and being brought in to town, he said.