OTTAWA, February 15, 2012 – Today, Member of Parliament Shelly Glover joined the RCMP and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) to issue a strong warning against the use of synthetic drugs such as Ecstasy which has been linked to several recent deaths in British Columbia and Alberta.
“The Government’s message is clear – the production, trafficking and distribution of illegal drugs in our communities will not be tolerated,” said Member of Parliament for Saint Boniface, Shelly Glover. “We will continue to provide law enforcement with the tools they need to tackle organized crime and drug traffickers.”
“We all have a shared responsibility in ensuring the safety and well being of our citizens. No one agency, government or private group can hope to reduce or resolve the synthetic drug problem in this country,” RCMP Deputy Commissioner, Federal Policing, Mike Cabana said during a news conference in Ottawa. “We have all heard the expression “bad drugs,” but let me assure you that all illicit substances, no matter the color, the size or the distributor, are incredibly dangerous and potentially lethal.”
Synthetic drugs such as Ecstasy and methamphetamine are made in clandestine labs with a mixture of toxic chemicals, mainly by people connected to organized crime and with no quality control. These labs are rudimentary, consisting of plastic buckets and garbage pails and other items purchased from local hardware stores and assembled in bathtubs and basements.
For more information about the National Anti-Drug Strategy http://www.nationalantidrugstrategy.gc.ca/
For more information about the Synthetic Drug Initiative http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/de-pd/chem-chim-eng.htm
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