The region with Sarnia-Lambton is still one of Ontario's highest rates for prescription opioid pain.
That's Erie St. The Clair Network for Integration Health Networks (LHIN) is a lead to the reduction of the physician. He wants to see the change.
"Although opiate is a crisis and public awareness, we do not see that the prescription of opiates is down," said Dr. Blake Pearson.
"Therefore, my goal is to educate alternatives and establish the program so that we can reduce prescription fees within our LHIN," he said.
According to the Ontario Department of Drug Policy Research, the rate of opiate for people with cancer in 2017 (1,000 people) was nearly double, from 85.7, to 168.4.
Erie St. The Clair rate, between Sarnia-Lambton, Chatham-Kent and Windsor-Essex, was 157.2.
This is down to seven points in 2016, coinciding with the tendency of Ontario, but still at the end of the province's spectrum.
Pearson, a medical treatment for cannabis as a treatment for patients with conditions such as epilepsy and chronic pain, said he hoped his medical role officially began this month to make his strategy more specific.
"However, we are collaborating in the US, doctors, health professionals and other experts to develop a progressive strategy for opioids that affect our community and other dependency problems," he wrote. email
Pearson is currently reporting on several Israeli, Canadian, and Canadian conferences, presenting research on cannabinoid medication.
"Not only were some credible proofs of my own, but researchers in Israel," he said, the use of cannabis may reduce the use of antipsychotic drugs and opioids in elderly patients, including sedation requiring dementia.
"Although we are a bit distant that we are accepting this generally by the physicians, because they are two random and controlled trials that we use as gold standards," he said, but the research said. .
Meanwhile, many street drug drugs are produced at the expense of the opioid crisis, but they also reduce prescriptions that it may be reasonable, said Irfan Dhalla, vice president of Ontario Healthcare.
"We prescribe the opioids that doctors in many other countries, so it's probably a good thing if we start the opioids gradually," he said.
In Canada, about 4,000 people in 2017, Sarnia-Lambton's six died as a result of a new overload of opioids.
Healthcare Canada has no official position as an alternative to prescribing medical cannabis, said Dhalla.
"I know many doctors believe that it is a good idea to prescribe medical marijuana, especially those medications that affect someone with high doses of opioids."
In general, non-opioids are the first step in patients with chronic pain, he said.
Masta, physiotherapy and medication like acetaminophen and ibuprofen are other alternatives, he said.
It is important to suddenly stop the suspension on those opioids and people with a stable, he said.
"It's not only unpleasant, it's a risk that someone who causes opioid withdrawal will become friends or illegal sources to get opioids and thus (consume) infected opioids, overdoses and kills."
Before consulting with the doctor before deciding to start cannabinoid medicine, Pearson said, as can other medications interact.
"Just because it's not legitimate does not mean it's safe."
Special opiate opium pain (2017):
– Erie St. Clair-in
157.2 – 1,000 person rate
153.9 – Rate per 1,000 people
110.2 – Rate per 1,000 people
Source: Drug Dependent Police Research Network