What types of Canadian substance abuse are seen most frequently in this country? Is it marijuana, alcohol, heroin, hallucinogenic substances, prescription opiates, or others? The types of Canadian substance abuse seen by law enforcement and medical professionals covers a wide range of substances. Alcohol abuse and addiction is very common in Canada just like in the USA. This drug may be legal but it still destroys many lives each year and does cause death or serious medical problems with prolonged or excessive use. What other types of Canadian substance abuse are common? Marijuana use occurs at almost all age levels and is one of the most commonly abused illegal drugs in Canada. This is especially true of teens and young adults.
Prescription drug abuse is one of the fastest growing types of Canadian substance abuse seen in recent years. Many people visit their physician and get a prescription which is then sold on the black market for a high price. Opiates like Oxycontin, morphine, and methadone are causing a big problem and lead to increased drug use. Sometimes when an opiate addict can not find the preferred prescription drug they may turn to heroin on the street in order to get a similar high. Cocaine is also widely used in some areas of Canada, both as a powder and in crack form. Psychoactive drugs like Ecstasy, LSD, and other hallucinogens are used but on a smaller scale, and these are typically situated in larger towns and cities and are not as available in remote areas.