Opioid Crisis in Canada Getting Worse

September 14, 2017

Opioid Crisis in Canada Getting Worse

Have you or someone you know been affected by opioids? Recent data published by the Canadian Institute for Health Information shows that opioid poisoning across Canada is growing dramatically. On average, there are 16 hospitalizations from opioid poisonings each day in Canada. In 2016 alone, "there were 2,816 apparent opioid-related deaths."
 
Tilray, one of the largest licensed producers in Canada, recently did a study of 2,032 medical cannabis patients across the nation. Of those patients, 610 mentioned using opioids before cannabis. Of those 610 patients, 59% stated they stopped using opioids altogether, and 18% stated they cut their use of opioids to "a quarter or less."
 
Cannabis is proven to be a great substitute for more harmful, addictive medications. It should be no surprise that we see cannabis being prescribed more in lieu of opioids going forward to combat the rising hospitalizations and fatalities across Canada.
 
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