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Use of illicit drugs SOARED in most major cities during height of pandemic

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started in Canada in March 2020, the use of fentanyl, cannabis, and methamphetamines rose across Canada's major cities.

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic started in March 2020, the use of fentanyl, cannabis, and methamphetamines went up across major Canadian cities, including Halifax, Toronto, Edmonton, Montreal, and Vancouver.

Statistic Canada's Canadian Wastewater Survey has laid out that the increase of drug consumption might be directly linked to the rise of overdose-related deaths last year.

Based on data from the Canadian Wastewater Survey and CTV News, the amount of opioid-related deaths in particular were highest from April to September 2020.

Through 2020, the statistics of drug use in major Canadian cities were concerning. Vancouver had more loads per-capita of fentanyl than any other location in the country, Edmonton had a high methamphetamines use rate of 1,244 grams per million people per day, and Toronto saw a 207 percent increase in detected fentanyl between March and July 2020 compared to last year.

Additionally, Halifax saw an increase in detectable cannabis rates at 742 grams per million per day, and Montreal saw an increase of 17 percent in detectable cannabis use in 2020.

Scientists and researchers ask that public health officials and law enforcement use this data to help create a solution to the problem.

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