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Vancouver Island Communities Tackle Crystal Meth

by NationTalk on May 11, 2007804 Views

For Immediate Release
May 11, 2007

Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General

VICTORIA – A campaign by groups determined to rid Vancouver Island of crystal meth will step up this week with a strategy and idea-sharing session in Nanaimo, Solicitor General John Les said today.“Every community is affected by crystal meth and we know that drug prevention is most effective when the response to the problem is local,” said Les. “Pooling ideas from 50 or more organizations from across Vancouver Island will foster an incredible amount of energy and resources to get the job done.”

The Building Community Strategies Conference, May 11 and 12 in Nanaimo, brings together Vancouver Island and First Nations groups who are responding to crystal meth. Last year, the provincial government distributed $2 million in grants to 160 organizations across the province. The grants have helped create some 30 crystal meth task forces and community coalitions, and have funded projects like youth peer support groups, a website for at-risk youth, recruitment and training of First Nations’ outreach workers, and traditional healing programs for communities affected by the drug.

“I am extremely pleased that Nanaimo is hosting this event,” said Nanaimo-Parksville MLA Ron Cantelon. “The work of these groups is vital to reducing the use and production of this terrible drug on Vancouver Island which is ruining the lives of far too many of our citizens.”

“We know that with the help of our community partners, Vancouver Island will someday be crystal clear of crystal meth,” said Mark McLaughlin, president of the Crystal Meth Society of B.C.

The conference is a collaborative effort between the province’s Crystal Meth Secretariat, the Vancouver Island Health Authority, the Union of B.C. Municipalities, the Crystal Meth Society of B.C. and the Centre for Addictions Research of B.C.

“Communities throughout the Island have rallied to respond to the Crystal Meth problem and we must continue to support and sustain the good work that is being done,” said Michelle Dartnall, manager for Youth & Family Addiction Services with the Vancouver Island Health Authority. “The conference will help us to review the gains that have been made as well as look forward to how communities can effectively respond to crystal meth and other drugs that threaten our well-being.”


Media contact:

Cindy Rose
Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
250 356-6961

Anya Nimmon
VIHA Communications
250 740-6980

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