Cannabis treatment for opiates
Cannabis treatment for opiates is the solution according to the USA and Europe. A treatment is available right here in Windsor Ontario if you can get a doctor to prescribe it. The biggest problem is people do not know where to go, and many Doctors do not know that a treatment is available. But another growing problem for patients is their Doctors disagree with the use of Cannabis even for Medical purposes. One patient I interviewed was told to leave the doctors office and never mention the subject again.
What is needed in Windsor/Chatham Kent is more education regarding Medical Cannabis treatment and a phone number that patients can call for advice and locations to go to. It appears that the Opiate crisis is growing and the only solution from the Government is to tell people if they take drugs, that they shouldn’t take them alone and should carry something that will save them. The radio ad I have heard recently is about Fentanyl being slipped into street drugs. The Windsor star reported ”
Essex County is among the hardest hit regions in Ontario. In January, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit said the provincial opioid death rate is about 6.2 per 100,000 population. Windsor-Essex’s rate is 46 per cent higher at 9.1 per 100,000 people.The Windsor star just published an article about new guidelines for Opiates. But is it enough?
As we speak there are thousands of people who are addicted to opiates. The lucky ones are being referred to Cannabis clinics in Canada. They are using Cannabis to wean them off of Opiates. In a recent CNN article they explained the benefits of Cannabis for a variety of medical problems. The article says:
Most European countries and Canada have embraced the idea of harm reduction, designing policies that help people with drug problems to live better, healthier lives rather than to punish them.On the front lines of addiction in the United States, some addiction specialists have also begun to work toward this end. “So it’s a harm-reduction theory,” he said.
“With cannabis, there is no known lethal dose; it can be helpful for certain conditions.”
According to the American Addiction centre
This is NOT the answer. Dr. Donald Levy, chief of emergency services at Windsor Regional Hospital said Windsor Regional’s emergency department does have crisis specialists, and refers patients to a clinic that provides opioid replacement therapy. As we have an election soon, and the emphasis is on Mental Health, I can not stress how important it is to make it a priority to set up a replacement therapy office. The Cannabis clinic is booked solid with new patients who have a variety of Medical conditions. We should have a separate clinic for those wanting to Opiate replacement therapy.
Lets get Fentanyl off the streets, and stop Doctors from prescribing it for conditions that do not warrant it. My sister was killed by a doctor who prescribed her with a Fentanyl patch. When the paramedics where called, they examined her and thought she was a Cancer patient. They were shocked to hear WHY she was prescribed such a powerful opiate. Her medical condition? She had pain from bunion surgery. Her Doctor never tried to wean her off of the drug, or warned her that one of the side effects was DEATH. Thousands of Doctors are prescribing Opiates for pain for their patients, and unfortunately many of these prescriptions are filled and are being sold on the street. And thousand of patients can not get the help they need to get off the Opiates once they are on them.
Many Deaths can be avoided, it happens when local Government, the Provincial Government and Doctors educate themselves on the benefits of Medical Cannabis.