Meth Watch Launch

Posted on Thursday January 10, 2019

The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service is happy to partner with Sault Ste. Marie and Area Drug Strategy Committee and Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma District CrimeStoppers organizations to announce the launch of the Meth Watch Program in Sault Ste. Marie.


Crystal methamphetamine is a highly addictive substance that can cause a variety of life threatening health conditions like stoke, dangerously high body temperatures and cardiac arrhythmia.  It can often be produced by using common household products that are available at retail outlets.


The program is designed to promote cooperation between retailers, members of the public and law enforcement to help disrupt the illicit production of crystal methamphetamine in our area.

The Meth Watch program will help to raise awareness and educate community members about what items are used in the production of crystal methamphetamine and how anyone can report suspicious activity or purchases to police. 


Some of these items may be suspicious if purchased in large quantities and can include;


  • Over the counter cough/cold and allergy medicines containing ephedrine,
  • Acetone,
  • Rubbing alcohol,
  • Iodine,
  • Starter fluid (ether),
  • Drain cleaner,
  • Lithium batteries,
  • Paint thinner; and,
  • Aluminum foil


“The Meth Watch program is part of a comprehensive response to address the production of crystal methamphetamine.  It gives everyone in our community proven and powerful tools to help mitigate the risks associated with production.  We are happy to work with our community and partners to help reduce the harm caused by substance use in our community.” said Allison McFarlane the co-chair of the Sault Ste. Marie and Area Drug Strategy.


For more information on the Meth Watch Program or the Sault Ste. Marie and Area Drug Strategy please contact Allison McFarlane or Desiree Beck at or

Contact information:
Sault Ste. Marie Police Service, 580 Second Line East, Sault Ste. Marie ON P6B 4K1. (705) 949-6300 or

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