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Local officers are raising concerns about the heightened usage of methamphetamine in the area.

Methamphetamine, better known as Crystal meth, is a neurotoxin and a potent psycho-stimulant, which enhances alertness, wakefulness, and movement, among other things. However, it is also extremely addictive.

Acting Inspector and Detachment Commander for the Kenora Detachment of the OPP, Sean Crabbe, spoke about the rise of meth usage in the area.

“We are noting through several ongoing investigations that crystal meth is becoming more prevalent in terms of usage and trafficking in the Kenora area. It’s becoming an increasing trend in Kenora, Dryden and Fort Frances. It’s always been present, but it’s not been as prevalent as it is now, particularly in 2017. We are seeing the use of methamphetamine through needles. It can be smoked and other ways as well, but through needle usage is the primary source that we’re seeing in the area,” he said.

Crabbe then detailed the damage that the drug can do to a person.

“Crystal meth is a synthetic drug that is comprised and created using a wide-spectrum of substances. It may not be consistent in terms of what people use on a day-to-day basis. It has various side effects on the body ranging from neurological impact through hallucinations. I’ve seen individuals with significant body deformities. Teeth falling out, open wounds, scabs,” he said.

If residents have any information about illegal drug use in the area, they are asked to contact the Kenora Detachment of the OPP at (807) 548-5534 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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