Illicit drugs seem to be a trend in Canada, as in other parts of the world. Even with anti drug education programs going on, there still seems to be more and more drug interest springing up. Many feel that it is the young generation’s way to rebel against their parents, society, as well as themselves. The sad thing is that many of these individuals become addicted after one or two uses and then it becomes a society and life threatening vice. Their one night of euphoria results in a lifetime of hardships, disaster, and legal consequences.
Currently, in Canada, the two most prevalent and/ or serious drugs are “Oxy” and “Heroin”. Oxycontin, also referred to as “Oxy”, is known as “Hillbilly Heroin”. Since it is prescribed by physicians in pill form, it is quite easy to obtain, both by a doctor or on the street. Many individuals can find it right in their family medicine cabinet. It is an opiate drug that is highly addictive, especially when abused. It is commonly mashed, chewed, sniffed, or shot when administered as an illicit substance. Canadian officials are contacting doctors to prescribe “Oxy’ only when absolutely necessary and to write scripts for short periods of time instead of long term. This way there will be less ”Oxy” on the street, and when less is available less can be used.
Heroin, known as “; the real thing” is the ultimate of opiates. It can be deadly and its addictive nature can “hook” an individual after only one use! It is sold in “stamps” where the heroin is put on waxed paper and folded twice, with a stamp. These stamps are vivid images and texts that are made to entice individuals to buy and/ or use them. They include names like, “Green Needle”, “Frank Lucas”, “All Stars”, among others. Of course, it does not take much motivation and/or encouragement to persuade an addict to buy a stamp.
As Canadian law enforcement teams “crack the whip” on “Oxy” and “Heroin”, many are wondering what drug will be next. Although much progress is being made, it seems like it is a “never- ending” battle!