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Cannabis use as a tool in the harm reduction of opioid use: A Canadian perspective

Cannabis use as a tool in the harm reduction of opioid use: A Canadian perspective

| Leyna Lowe

The opioid overdose crisis is among one of the most significant public health challenges we are facing today in North America. With over 70,327 lives lost in the United States and 3,987 in Canada in 2017, the number of deaths continue to increase from year to year with little sign of slowing. Canadian and US policy makers, people who use drugs, health professionals, and cannabis activists are increasingly suggesting that cannabis may be an effective tool for alleviating the overdose crisis. This subject has been the focus of a growing number of articles published in academic journals, which have become the subject of much debate.

Not everyone agrees that cannabis is or should be considered a solution to the crisis. Sceptics argue that the scientific evidence for the therapeutic benefits of cannabis in the treatment of chronic pain is weak, and that the risk of problematic opioid use is higher among populations using cannabis, making cannabis a ‘companion drug rather than substitution drug.’

Cannabis use as a tool in the harm reduction of opioid use: A Canadian perspective

Cannabis use as a tool in the harm reduction of opioid use: A Canadian perspective






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