Moose Jaw is one of many Saskatchewan communities that has seen a drastic increase in crystal meth use.
As a result, one organization has decided to spread awareness about the dangers of the drug and curb its use.
The Moose Jaw Crystal Meth Strategy Committee (MJCMSC) has created a short documentary to tell people to “Stop Mething Around”.
Project Coordinator Mary Lee Booth says as a healthcare worker she’s seen the effects of the drug firsthand.
“There was an increase in the number of people coming into our ER Department who were crystal meth affected, as well as the number of people that were admitted to the Mental Health Inpatient Unit at the time,” said Booth. “Sometimes, what happens is that it results in a type of drug-induced psychosis, so it consequently increases the number of people in the mental health unit.”
The film features Chad Kobelsky and Meagan Jasper, two former addicts who share their stories of addiction and recovery.
Booth says it’s amazing to have them be able to share their experiences.
“They’ve walked the walk,” said Booth. “Meagan and Chad are so courageous and brave in terms of, both their journey in crystal meth an recovery from crystal meth addiction, but also in their willingness to share their stories.”
Booth hopes the film also serves as a reminder that crystal meth use is a problem everywhere, not just in Moose Jaw.
“Crystal meth is not just unique to Moose Jaw, crystal meth is around our whole province,” said Booth. “The Crystal Meth Strategy Committee has a number of people representing different service organizations that really want to work together to keep our community safe for everybody.”
Anyone interested in watching the 70-minute film can find it on YouTube.