Methamphetamine is pervasive in all of our communities and has contributed to crimes of violence and property crimes, says the OPP. The number of methamphetamine seizures in Canada has continued to increase since 2010.
Methamphetamine and synthetic drug labs can be found anywhere. Indicators of a lab may include:
Suspicious activity, secretive behaviour and individuals who may avoid neighbour interactions. Occupants attend for short time periods and at odd hours. Location has excessive security. Windows covered.
Chemical odours. Garbage contains numerous chemical containers, glassware. Bags full of soil or garbage are never put out. Evidence of chemical dumping grounds on or near premises (burn pits or dead spots on lawn). Odd items being brought inside the location – equipment, glassware, chemical drums, etc.
If you see indicators of a methamphetamine or synthetic drug lab, remain at a safe distance, do not approach suspects and call your local detachment at 1-888-310-1122. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
OPP is just one of many Canadian police services working with the Canadian Integrated Response to Organized Crime (CIROC), collaborating to educate, protect and inform the public about the negative impacts of methamphetamine and other synthetic drugs.
The OPP will be sharing posters, information cards and community safety videos to help educate the public and community agencies. These resources as well as other additional information can be found by visiting the Central Region OPP social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook.
The OPP encourages social media followers to share the messages and information in order to help educate other members within your community of the potential indicators of methamphetamine and synthetic drug labs as well as the dangers methamphetamine and synthetic drug production poses within our communities.
“Methamphetamine has devastating effects on individuals, families and our neighbourhoods,” says Chief Superintendent Dwight Peer – Central Region Commander.
“The National Methamphetamine and Synthetic Drug Production Public Awareness Campaign empowers members of the public to recognize and report illegal and harmful production labs in their neighbourhoods and contribute to safer communities.”