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Over 800 overdose deaths in 2021 – Alberta RCMP recognize International Overdose Awareness Day


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News release from Alberta RCMP

Alberta RCMP recognizes International Overdose Awareness Day 2022

In 2021, Alberta lost over 800 lives to meth-related accidental overdoses – a 28% increase from such tragic fatalities in 2020. On Aug. 31, 2022, the Alberta RCMP recognizes International Overdose Awareness Day by launching a methamphetamine awareness campaign in collaboration with the Canadian Integrated Response to Organized Crime. The campaign will help educate, protect and inform the public about negative impacts of methamphetamine and other synthetic drugs – as well as highlight the Alberta Clandestine Lab Enforcement and Response (CLEAR) Team and their role as a liaison with the chemical industry.

Methamphetamine is pervasive in our communities and has contributed to property crimes and crimes of violence. The Criminal Intelligence Service Canada identified methamphetamine as having one of the highest threat levels “due to its geographical reach, high burden of harm, and increased involvement of organized crime groups.” According to a 2017 Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs Survey, 3.7% of Canadians have used methamphetamine at least once in their lifetime. While methamphetamine use among the general population in Canada may be low, the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction notes that “there has been a dramatic increase in the availability and harms associated with methamphetamine in Canada” since 2013 – with notable trends in Western regions.

The Alberta CLEAR Team provides specialized operational support in identifying, assessing, processing and dismantling illegal synthetic drug production labs, processing locations, dump sites and Butane Hash Oil labs. Often, the CLEAR Team is called upon to liaise with the chemical industry in Alberta to ‘back track’ chemical precursors and facilitate the real time exchange of information regarding methods of diversion and indicators of suspicious transactions.

In the coming months, Alberta RCMP will share information at @AlbertaRCMP on Twitter and the @RCMPinAlberta Facebook page. To keep updated, follow #MethHurtsCommunities.

Quick Facts

Table 1: Alberta Substance Use Surveillance System

Provincial Statistic 2020 2021
Meth-related accidental overdoses 655 836
Emergency Department visits related to substance use 10,846 10,401
Naloxone kits given out (community site and pharmacy kits) 100,257 154,171
Self reported reversals 8,554 15,623
Total number of EMS responses to opioid related event 5,245 8,253
Weekly average of EMS responses to opioid related event 98.96 158.71



Table 2: Drug Analysis Services

Provincial Statistic 2020 2021
Total number of stimulants identified during analysis per year 7,285 7072
Number of methamphetamine samples 4,236 4,095



Table 3: Alberta RCMP Methamphetamine Offences        

Offence Type 2020 2021
Possession 1,747 1,190
Trafficking 339 259
Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking 404 373
Importing/Exporting 2 0
Possession for the Purpose of Exporting 1 0
Production 18 5
Possess/Produce/Sell/Import Anything Used to Produce/Traffic 6 4
Grand Total 2,517 1,831

Source: RCMP Police Reporting and Occurrence System

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