Donald Trump says “Canada’s Biggest Problem is Heroine”. Is there some truth to this?

Trust Donald Trump to raffle feathers as he has done throughout his campaign for the Republican Party’s nomination in the U.S. Lately, he was on record declaring that cocaine addiction is a big problem in Canada, which puts a big wall between the two countries. While you might not agree with all the rhetoric, it is always good to look at the real facts because this is the only way to move the debate forward.

Stats on drug abuse in Canada and USA
The best place to start would of course be the numbers. According to a 2005 report by the Canadian Centre for Addictions (CCFA) 1 in 20 Ontario students in grades 7 to 12 said they had used cocaine at least once in the past year. 1 in 50 students said he or she had used heroine over the same period. Taxpayers lose $22.8 billion annually due to drug abuse in the country. What’s more, Canada has been the main Methamphetamine and Ecstasy Producer over the last one decade. The rate of cocaine use among teens and adults has also grown by about 1.8% since 2004, according to the Canadian Centre of Substance Abuse. Cocaine addiction experts say that detox programs are the first step in the rehabilitation process.

In the U.S, a survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) showed that by 2013, 9.4% of the population had used an illicit drug. This number was up from 8.3% in 2002. Abuse of alcohol costs the taxpayers $225 billion. In 2012, about 2.4 million Americans were using crack while heroin was to blame for over 200,000 emergency room visits in 2009.

The Impact of heroin and Cocaine on the body
Cocaine is one of the most popular drugs in the U.S and also in Canada. It is also one of the most deadly because the side effects include kidney failure, lung damage, paranoia, drug overdose, irregular heartbeat, stroke, ulcers, brain damage, depression and psychosis among other issues.
Heroin is considered even more dangerous, especially due to the risk of AIDs, liver disease, tuberculosis, coma, partial paralysis, depression and loss of appetite. In both cases, withdrawal symptoms can cause fatal effects including death due to heart failure.

Detox Toronto as a Solution
Whether a loved one is suffering from a drinking problem, cocaine addiction or etoh abuse, drug rehab Toronto is a good way to turn them around. Detoxification is the process through which an addict is helped to stop drug dependency through treatment. Instant withdrawal without help can lead to death among other nasty withdrawal symptoms. Detox is a gradual process that includes evaluation to identify drugs present in the system, stabilization using medication where necessary and guidance into rehabilitation. Detox Ottawa clinics deal with the physical aspects of dependency, but not the actual healing.

So, is Donald Trump right? Only on one account; that Canada has a big drug problem, but so does the U.S.


Facts and Statistics

Drug Use and Abuse In Canada

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