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The Substance Use, Misuse and Addiction sub-group (aka SUMA) launched Richmond's Meth Watch Program on February 8, 2006 at Richmond City Hall. A community forum was held in Council Chambers that discussed the impacts of meth use and how the Richmond community has joined together to be proactive and diligent in their approach to community safety.
The program is simple: participating retailers post Meth Watch signs in their stores and train their employees to recognize suspicious transactions, which are then reported to the RCMP's chemical diversion hotline at 1-800-387-0020. The RCMP then follows up with each specific incident.
The first major community blitz was held on February 11, 2006. The feedback and enthusiasm from the retailers has been tremendous! All of the retailers that were approached have opened their stores to the FREE program showing us once again that Richmond-ites care about the safety and integrity of their community.
The second and final community blitz was held on April 29, 2006. It was an awesome opportunity for youth, parents and other community members to pair up with an Auxiliary member from the Richmond RCMP to take an active part in helping keep Richmond a safe community!
The Meth Watch Program is now administered by Richmond Fire-Rescue, since June 2007.