A strong majority of illicit drug users in Vancouver say they can score crack or crystal meth within minutes, suggests the findings of a 10-year study by an independent B.C. health research group.
The report, released at a news conference in Vancouver yesterday, revealed that 90% of respondents said they could obtain crack or cocaine within 10 minutes.
Sixty per cent of street youth said they would be able to score crystal meth in the same period of time.
Crystal meth is a highly addictive and potent stimulant that is usually snorted or injected.
"These are mainly street youth in the city's west end and it's not so much a portrait of the suburbs or kids in high school," said Dr. Evan Wood, a spokesman for the Urban Health Research Initiative at the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, which published the study.
Dr. Wood said the numbers from the study show Vancouver is losing its war on drugs.
November 25, 2009