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Meth becoming most used drug in Calgary: Police chief

Last Updated Aug 8, 2019 at 9:30 am MST


CALGARY – While opioids have been grabbing headlines, another type of drug is drawing the ire of Calgary police.

Police Chief Mark Neufeld tells CityNews while people are still dying from opioid overdoses every day, another drug is causing serious problems.

“The issue of methamphetamine has probably topped the drug issues for us. I would say that methamphetamine’s really spiked in Calgary and in the province and probably North America.”

Neufeld added that meth is a big driver of crime in the city.

Not only is meth use on the rise in Calgary, Neufeld said it’s being used more near the Sheldon Chumir safe consumption site.

“We’ve got a site that was set up for opioid consumption, to save lives and prevent overdoses and now we’re seeing that’s actually taking over as the number one drug being consumed.”

READ MORE: Calgary police looking to tackle growing meth crisis

Calgary police released a report earlier this year showing meth seizures in the city has grown from 142 to 1,034 in the last five years.