Grey County in Ontario has long had a reputation for being a hot spot for crystal meth abuse and addiction, and a recent crime spree allegedly committed by one 40-year-old meth addict last month strengthened that reputation.
Detective Sergeant Jeff Beselaere is the head of West Grey Police Service’s crime unit. According to The Sun Times, he said about the alleged thief and addict: “He was involved in five different incidents during the period from Dec. 25 up until the day before yesterday [Jan. 2]. And that was one individual.”
Beselaere believes that this one man’s action is only the tip of the iceberg, a single example among many that the crystal meth abuse and addiction problem in the region is out of control and causing a great amount of damage.
In some cases, officials are claiming that the number of crystal meth addicts in the area is actually going down, but law enforcement is dubious. Says Beselaere: “I’m certainly not seeing a decrease in it.”
However, linking a crime to a specific addiction can be a difficult thing to do officially unless the person arrested admits to being under the influence of the drug, doing the crime in order to buy the drug, or has crystal meth in their possession at the time they are arrested.
Another problem is that the rate of crimes committed by those addicted to crystal meth may remain stable while the number of addicts living with that particular dependence could fluctuate. An addiction doesn’t always result in criminal behavior (beyond the criminal act of buying and using an illegal drug, of course), and some addicts who commit crimes may not get caught.
Though it is impossible to get exact numbers when it comes to how many crimes are committed by crystal meth users, the problems seen in Grey County and other areas are clear; crystal meth addiction leads to bad choices – choices that can hurt others and mean years of repayment in terms of jail time and fines as well as a lifetime of regret.
If crystal meth addiction is a problem for you – even if your use is currently at the level of experimentation – the best thing you can do for yourself is to stop. If you are unable to quit on your own, contact us today. We can help you to find a crystal meth rehab that can give you the medical and psychiatric care you need to heal for good. Call now.