A new potato teacher at the University of Columbia, Columbia, will conduct studies on cannabis potentials in the treatment of opioid use disorders.
On Friday, November 23, Professor M-J Milloy, a leading field epidemiologist and a respected researcher, was announced by the opening researcher of Cannabis Science. His nomination was possible thanks to Canopy Growth, a large cannabis producer with a $ 2.5 million gift and $ 500,000 to the British Columbia province.
Canadian Opioid Crisis
According to UBC, the primary goal of research is to find evidence that cannabis can give a positive effect on people with disorder in opioid use. In the last months alone, 1,194 people in British Columbia have died due to overdose.
Canada, just like the United States, is an opioid crisis. The government estimates that in 2017 approximately 11 lives were lost daily due to opioid overdoses. Most of the victims, about two-thirds of all deaths of opiates, were men.
Although treatment options are available, previous studies have revealed that less than one-third of those receiving opioid therapy or OAT will remain within six months. This is because abandonment of dependency treatment is a significant risk of death due to overdose.
Opioids include fentanyl, oxycodone, morphine, codeine and heroin. Some opioids are prescribed by doctors for treating pain, but they can also get illegal.
Cannabis key to end opioid crisis?
UBC hopes that Milloy's research findings could add evidence of allegations that cannabis could better support people suffering from opioid abuse. If successful, it could open the way for the introduction of cannabis-based therapy.
"We need all the hands on the deck to save lives and help people find treatment and recovery services that work for them in the long run," said Judy Darcy, British Columbia's mental health and dependency minister. "The government has been bold and innovative by offering treatment options – based on evidence – to dependents. This first-class professor leads research and clinical trials of how cannabis products can be used for over-dosing risk that lasts three to four lives a day."
The previous study focused on the relationship between illegal drugs and HIV. He also studied the public health impact of cannabis legalization and the use of cannabis on the use of intoxicants.