The region includes Sarnia-Lambton has one of the highest rates in & # 39; Ontario when it comes to prescriptions & # 39; opioids for pain.
That's something the new & # 39; Erie St. Clair Local & # 39; Health Integration Network (LHIN) leads to a reduction in opiate doctor said he wants to see change.
"Despite the crisis & # 39; opiate and public awareness, we are not witnessing the prescription & # 39; opiate drop as we can," said Dr. Blake Pearson.
"So my whole goal is to educate and establish alternative programs so that we can reduce the rates of & # 39; prescription & # 39; opiate inside our LHIN", he said.
According to the network & # 39; Research of Drug Policy & # 39; Ontario, the rate (per 1,000 people) of & # 39; opioid prescribing individuals for pain in 2017 ranged 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.
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 was waiting until he officially started in his role of & # 39; later a medical practitioner 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 from several conferences in Israel, the United States and Canada, where he was presenting his 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 by doctors as a whole to accept it because of this lack of & # 39; proof double-randomized controlled blind that we are being used as the gold standard," said,.
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 opioids somewhat less frequently", he said.
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."
Generally non-opioids are the first step for patients with chronic pain, he said.
Massage, physiotherapy and drugs such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen are some other alternatives, he said.
It is important to prevent the opioid f & # 39; for people who are helping them and stable, he said.
"Not only is pleasant, there is a risk that someone undergoing withdrawal & # 39; opioid friends or turn to illegal sources to get opioids, and when they do (consume) contaminated opioids, overdose and die."
Consult a doctor before you decide to get started on the drug cannabinoids, Pearson said, because it can & # 39; interacts with & # 39; other drugs.
"Just because it's legal does not mean it is necessarily safe."
Individual opioid prescriptions for pain (2017):
-In the Erie St. Clair
157.2 – rate per 1,000 people
F & # 39; Sarnia-Lambton
153.9 – rate per 1,000 people
110.2 – rate per 1,000 people
Source: The Network & # 39; Research in Drug Policy & # 39; Ontario