The area that includes Sarnia-Lambton still has one of Ontario's highest levels of opioid pain prescriptions.
"Despite the opiate crisis and public awareness, we do not see opiate prescribing acting the way it should," said Dr Blake Pearson, a leading surgeon for opioids for the Health Care Integration Network at Erie St. Clair (LHIN).
"So my whole ambition is to train for alternatives and to create programs so that we can reduce prescription levels of opiates in our LHIN."
The Ontario Drug Policy Research Network's research network indicates that the frequency (per 1000 people) of opioids prescribed to individuals for pain in 2017 ranged in different regions in Ontario from 85.7 to nearly double that of 168.4.
Percentage in Erie St. Clair, which includes Sarnia-Lambton, Chatam-Kent and Windsor-Essex, is 157.2.
That's about seven percentage points in 2016 – according to the trend in Ontario – but it's still at the high end of the provincial spectrum.
The percentage of Southwest LHIN, which includes London and surrounding counties, is 126.1
Pearson, a medical doctor specializing in medical cannabis as a drug for patients in pet homes with conditions such as epilepsy and chronic pain, said he was waiting until he officially began to head his physician later this month to look into the specifics of your strategy.
"However, I expect to cooperate closely with doctors, health professionals and other experts throughout the ESC region to develop a progressive strategy that has a real impact on opioid and other addiction problems affecting our community," he writes. Email.
Recently, Pearson returned from several conferences in Israel, the United States and Canada, where he presented his research on cannabinoid medicine.
"There was some really convincing evidence not only of me but of researchers in Israel," he said, cannabis use can reduce the use of antipsychotic drugs and opioids in elderly patients, including those with dementia who need comfort .
"I think we are still a little far from the doctors in general who accept this because of the lack of randomized, controlled double-blind trials that we are accustomed to with the gold standard," said Pearson, but noted that the research was in progress,
Meanwhile, much of the damage to the opioid crisis stems from drugs on the street, but the reduction of recipes where it can be reasonable, said Irfan Dahla, vice president of Health Ontario.
"We do a lot more opioids than doctors in many other countries, so maybe it's good if we start opioids a little less often."
In Canada in 2017, about 4,000 people, six in Sarnia-Lambton, died of reports of overdose of opioids.
Health Quality Ontario has no official stance on prescribing medical cannabis as an alternative, Dahla said.
"But I know that many doctors believe it is very sensible to prescribe medical marijuana, especially if it will lead to someone who is on high doses of opioids coming from these medications."
Pearson advises patients to consult a doctor before starting cannabinoid because they can interact with other medicines.
– Just because it's legal does not mean it's safe.
THROUGH THE NUMBERS
Individual opioid pain prescriptions (2017):
– Erie Saint Clair
157.2 – Percentage of 1000 people
– Southwest LHIN
126.1 – Percentage of 1000
110.2 percent of 1000 people
Source: Ontario Drug Policy Research Network