The region includes Sarnia-Lambton has one of the highest rates in & # 39; Ontario for prescriptions & # 39; opioid pain.
"Despite the crisis & # 39; opiate and public awareness, is not seen to prescription & # 39; opiate drop as we can," said Dr. Blake Pearson, the new doctor leading to reduction & # 39; opiate for the Local Network & # 39; Health Integration & # 39; Erie St. Clair (LHIN).
"So my whole goal is to educate and establish alternative programs so that we can reduce the rates of & # 39; prescription & # 39; opiate in our LHIN."
The Network & # 39; Research on Drugs Policy & # 39; Ontario said that the rate (per 1,000 people) of & # 39; opioid prescribing individuals for pain in 2017 ranged, in & # 39; different regions of Ontario, from 85.7 to almost double that, at & # 39; 168.4.
The rate at & # 39; Erie St. Clair, including Sarnia-Lambton, Chatham-Kent and Windsor-Essex, was 157.2.
That seven & # 39; & # 39 about seven; points from the rate in 2016 – f & # 39; compliance with the trend in & # 39; Ontario – but still in high provincial spectrum.
The rate at & # 39; East LHIN including London and the surrounding counties was & # 39; 126.1
Pearson, a doctor who specializes in medical cannabis as a treatment for patients suffering from nurse b & # 39; conditions such as epilepsy and chronic pain, said he is waiting until it begins officially in his role of & # 39; later doctor this ix- month to enter a & # 39; informal specific about his strategy.
"However, I am keen to closely collaborate with & # 39; doctors, the health care professionals and other experts around the ESC region to develop a progressive strategy to make a real impact on opioids and other problems & # 39; dependence suffering our community ", he wrote, email.
Pearson recently re & # 39; back several conferences in Israel, the United States and Canada, which presented its research on cannabinoid drug.
"There were some really convincing evidence of not only myself, but researchers in Israel," he said, that the use of cannabis can & # 39; reduce the use of & # 39; antipsychotics and opioids in & # 39; elderly patients, including those with dementia, who need sedation.
"I think we are still a few & # 39; away from all doctors both are accepting it because of this lack of & # 39; proof double-randomized controlled blind that we are being used as the gold standard," Pearson said, but R-.
Meanwhile, most of the damage opioid crisis resulting from street drugs, but reducing the requirements which may reasonably & # 39; good also, said Irfan Dhalla, vice president of Health Quality Ontario.
"We nippreskrivu much more than doctors in opioid & # 39; many other countries, so it is probably a good thing if you get a little less often opioids."
In Canada in 2017 about 4,000 people, six f & # 39; Sarnia-Lambton, died from overdoses of & # 39; opioid reported.
Health Quality Ontario m & # 39; has an official position on the prescription of medical cannabis as an alternative, said Dhalla.
"But I know that many doctors feel it is very reasonable to prescribe medical marijuana particularly if it will result in & # 39; a person at high doses & # 39; opioids stemming from those drugs."
Pearson advises patients to consult a doctor before starting the medicine cannabinoids because they can interact with & # 39; other drugs.
"Just because it's legal does not mean it is necessarily safe."
Individual opioid prescriptions for pain (2017):
– Erie St. Clair
157.2 – rate per 1,000 people
– South West Linn
126.1 – rate per 1,000
110.2 – rate per 1,000 people
Source: The Network & # 39; Research in Drug Policy & # 39; Ontario