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How Drugs & Alcohol Equal Crime

  • CSIS estimates there are roughly 950 organized criminal groups active in Canada, around 80% of whom derive revenues from illegal drug sales.  (Edmonton Journal)
  • 14 gangs currently operate within the borders of Toronto’s Division 12. (Toronto Star)
  • For every $5 spent on drug rehabilitation by the Canadian government, $95 is spent on incarceration of drug users. (Health Officer’s Council of BC)
  • 60% of illicit drug users in Canada are between the ages of 15 and 24 (Statistics Canada)
  • Among the 100,000 drug-related incidents identified by police in 2007, 62% involved cannabis. Of these, three-quarters were for possession. (Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse)
  • In its 2008 annual report on organized crime, Criminal Intelligence Service Canada (CISC) stated that Canada has become one of the primary source countries in the world for ecstasy. (Statistics Canada)
  • In 2007, the police-reported rate of drug- related offences in Canada reached its highest point in 30 years. (Statistics Canada)