Methamphetamine Report for Federal-Provincial-Territorial Ministers Responsible for Justice
Section V – Conclusion
The outcomes of both methamphetamine production and use are complex and serious in terms of the effects on the health and safety of Canadians and their communities. Those addicted to methamphetamine require help in a timely manner. They interact with multiple public agencies at great public expense: criminal justice, human services, environmental health, child protection and emergency medicine. Therefore, coordination of effort and collaboration is essential as we develop strategic solutions.
Adequate resources are required so that communities can absorb the costs of methamphetamine lab clean-up and government can provide effective treatment and supported aftercare for those who need it. Coordinated services are essential so that law enforcement can deliver a timely response to suspected methamphetamine lab activity and community services can keep up with the challenges presented by methamphetamine addicts and their families.
The Working Group acknowledges the significant magnitude and far-reaching dimensions that methamphetamine can have on our communities and have outlined recommendations to address these issues with an appropriate high-level and coordinated response. Working within existing resources will not curtail the rising tide of methamphetamine abuse.
This paper has outlined both demand and supply issues. It is through providing the appropriate level of resources, legislative response, collaboration and ultimately coordinated activity to address issues of demand and supply that an effective response will be realized.Legislation alone will not solve these complex problems. We have seen that legislating the control of precursors is largely ineffective without the resources necessary to meet the enforcement obligations of these regulations. The same will hold true for restricting precursors at the retail level. Without the ability to enforce this action the effect could be minimal. Resources for treatment, education and awareness and the proper remediation of contaminated property and safe disposal of waste from methamphetamine labs are necessary.
It is important to note that most of the recommendations as they pertain to legislation, the control of precursors, enforcement matters and site reclamation and decontamination are aligned with the actions called for in the appended National Coordinating Committee on Organized Crime’s National Strategy –Marijuana and Synthetic Drug Production Operations.
Innovative approaches are required in order to keep up with emerging trends and new areas of vulnerability. The Working Group would particularly welcome any new ideas or issues raised and would be willing to consider any further proposals to assist in addressing the multitude of issues surrounding combating the production, trafficking and use of methamphetamine.
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