Both Canadian and American journalists have recently informed the public of what many in the cannabis industry have already known for years. Both countries are showing a massive amount of opioid-related overdoses. A figure reported by The Globe and Mail and reported by Chief Public Health Officer, Theresa Tam estimate that eight Canadians die every single day due to opioid use.
This tragic epidemic is fueled by doctors who are over-prescribing painkillers, many of which end up being pushed into the black market. In the last decade, these gruesome statistics have increased over 70%, but no action has been taken by the government to stop the overprescribing of opioids. Abuse of opioids also resulted in an average of 16 people being hospitalized every single day in 2017.
On the positive side, legalizing cannabis is set to help humanity beat the opioid epidemic.
One recent study collected data from 2897 medical cannabis patients on the topic of opioid use. Pain was the primary qualifying condition for almost 500 of these medical patients who shone some clear insights into patients’ views on how medical cannabis works in comparison to opioids. Let’s look at some crucial points from this survey.
The following reflects those who answered ‘Strongly Agree/Agree’:
- 95% of medical cannabis patients were able to decrease their opiate dose.
- 92% found the side effects of cannabis more tolerable than opiate side effects.
- 93% prefer using cannabis to opiates.
- 93% would use cannabis instead of opioids if medical cannabis was more accessible.
It is important to note that those surveyed had already shown interest in medical cannabis, but the information collected from those surveyed regarding opioid and cannabis use is promising. With the right implementation of cannabis education, legal cannabis is set to help fight and win the battle against this horrible epidemic.