Opioid deaths are climbing: how cannabis can help

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A report released today shows that opioid deaths in Alberta are still on the rise at alarming rates.

According to new numbers also revealed Wednesday, 119 people died from an apparent fentanyl-related overdose in Alberta between April 1 and June 30 this year. In the previous three months of 2017, 122 people died. [Metro News]

A landmark study recently released by HelloMD and the University of Berkeley, shows that medical cannabis is not only a preferred treatment option for chronic pain, but also reduces patient dependency on opioids.

“The latest publication from the National Academy of Sciences clearly refuted the ‘gateway drug’ theory that using marijuana can lead to opioid addiction, instead finding evidence of cannabis having multiple curative benefits,” said Dr. Perry Solomon, Chief Medical Officer of HelloMD. “Our study further substantiates this. Hopefully this will awaken the public, medical professionals and legislatures to the fact that cannabis is a safe, non-addictive product, available to help fight the opioid epidemic.” [HelloMD]

Major highlights of the study include:

  • 97% “strongly agreed/agreed” that they could decrease their opioid use when using cannabis
  • 92% “strongly agreed/agreed” that they prefer cannabis to treat their medical condition
  • 81% “strongly agreed/ agreed that cannabis by itself was more effective than taking cannabis with opioids.

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