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BR Marijuana Opioids – CP

by ahnationtalk on January 12, 201850 Views

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Jan 12, 2018 

VANCOUVER – B-C’s former health minister is calling for more research on the effects of cannabis on opioid addictions.

Terry Lake oversaw the declaration of a public health emergency in 2016 amid the province’s deadly fentanyl crisis, and is now a vice-president at a medical cannabis company.

He will be participating in a discussion on pot and opioids at a Vancouver conference this weekend.

Lake says there is preliminary research that shows marijuana can help people with addictions reduce their use of hard drugs and ease withdrawal symptoms.

A peer-reviewed study in 2014 found that U-S states with legal cannabis had an opioid death rate that was 25 per cent lower than states where pot was illegal.

Another study found Vancouver-area crack cocaine users reported using the harder drug less often when they opted to consume pot.

Lake says some addictions specialists are skeptical and more research needs to be done.

More than 1,200 people died from illicit drug overdoses in the province last year.

The Canadian Press

(The Canadian Press)

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