Suprise! Suprise! How much did we spend to figure that out?
Pot and injectable drug use has doubled since 1994, and alcohol use is also increasing.
DENNIS BUECKERT, CP 2004-11-25 02:10:15
OTTAWA -- The number of Canadians who say they have used cannabis or injectable drugs in the past year has doubled in a decade, according to a major new survey. But addiction specialists still see alcohol abuse as the greater problem.
Data from the Canada Addiction Survey, the most comprehensive addictions survey ever done in Canada, present a disturbing picture of a society increasingly dependent on mood-altering substances.
Fourteen per cent of respondents said they had used cannabis in the last year, up from 7.4 per cent in 1994. About a third said they had failed to control their cannabis use.
About 269,000 Canadians said they had used an injectable drug in the past year, up from 132,000 in 1994. Nearly 4.1 million Canadians reported using injectable drugs at least once in their life. That's up from 1.7 million in 1994.
Wow, do they consider snorting or smoking "injectable drugs" as actually using "injectable drugs"? Or do you actually have to pop it to get in on that stat?
The proportion of drinkers rose to 79.3 per cent this year from 72.3 per cent in 1994. Seven per cent of respondents described themselves as frequent heavy drinkers, up from 5.4 per cent in 1994.
Conservative justice critic Vic Toews said rising rates of abuse are an indictment of federal drug policy.
Twelve years of Liberal government and this guy thinks its the federal drug policy driving us to drink?
"The Liberal drug strategy is failing," he said. "Safe injection sites aren't safe.
"I am concerned about the decriminalization of marijuana or any other drug."
Me too. I don't tink it's safe to inject marijuana. I tried it last night and I won't do it again. That fucking bud wouldn't even get through the needle! Man, can you imagine what that shit'll do when it hits you veins? I don't care what anyone says,injecting marijuana is not safe!
Public Safety Minister Anne McLellan said the government is not legalizing marijuana. "All we're doing is changing the penalty regime."
Wouldn't wanna do that would we? Let's just waste billions re-writing the laws.
"This is both a good news and bad news story," Michel Perron of the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse told a news conference.
"Despite the fact that most Canadians drink in moderation and without harm we are concerned about heavy drinking among youth aged 18 to 24.
The reasons for the increasing substance use will become clearer as data are analysed in greater detail, he said.
No need analyse it any further, the Consevative justice critic seems to have it figured out . . .
DRUG USE FINDINGS
Highlights from the Canada Addiction Survey, released yesterday.
- 44.5 per cent of Canadians reported using cannabis at least once in their life, compared with 28.2 per cent in 1994.
- 45 per cent reported using some illegal drug at least once, up from 28.5 per cent in 1994.
- 14.1 per cent reported using cannabis in the last year, up from 7.4 per cent in 1994.
- 50.1 per cent of males used cannabis at least once in a lifetime.
- 39.2 per cent of women used cannabis at least once.
- 79.3 per cent of Canadians reported using alcohol in the last year.
- 7.3 per cent said they were lifelong teetotallers.
- 13.7 per cent said they were former drinkers and had not used alcohol in the last year.
- 20.2 per cent reported heavy drinking at least once a month.