Thank you very much. I've always been told you never start a presentation or an intervention with an apology, but I do apologize to my colleagues around the table, because I'm subbing in for someone else on this committee, so if I ask any questions that are somewhat redundant and you've covered this ground before, I do apologize for that.
There's a saying, ladies, in politics, that all politics is local. In my case, local means my home riding. As Mr. Lobb indicated with his riding in Ontario, mine is primarily a rural riding. The community of Moose Jaw is the largest city in the riding, with a population of about 38,000 people. I think by anyone's definition, it would not be considered a cosmopolitan centre at the scale of Montreal or Toronto. Nonetheless, according to our mayor, there is a serious meth problem in Moose Jaw.
I'll address my primary question to Dr. Burgess, since you have collected a lot of data. Whether it's meth or a combination of meth and fentanyl, I'm not really sure which, but do you see any commonality in the demographics of drug problems and drug usage across Canada, whether it be age, income, gender or ethnicity? Are there some determinants that we can get some data on to try to make some conclusions that would, we hope, assist the government in finding solutions for this widespread epidemic? I really do think it is an epidemic.
What can we do to try to collect more information than we currently have? I have not heard anyone yet in discussions talk about drug-use problems in small towns with populations of under 5,000 people, for example. What do we need to do to collect the data to assist us and any future government in trying to address this most serious problem?