The Sarnia-Lambton area is still one of the highest networks in Ontario for opioid receptors for pain.
"Despite the opiate crisis and the public's awareness, we do not see opiate surgery as we should," says Dr. Blake Pearson, a new physician who leads to Erie St. Clair's Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).
"So my whole goal is to train alternatives and create programs so we can reduce opiate prescribing in our LHIN."
The Ontario Narcotics Research Network found that the number of opioids determined by individuals for pain in 2017 ranged from 85.7 per cent in Ontario to nearly 168.4.
Erie St. Clair, which includes Sarnia-Lambton, Chatham-Kent and Windsor-Essex, was 157.2.
It will cut about seven points from the 2016 level – according to the Ontario trend – but still the top in the province.
The southwestern LHIN area of London and the surrounding counties accounted for 126.1
Pearson, a physician specializing in medical cannabis for patients with epilepsy and chronic pain, said he expects to officially start the role of this medical practitioner in this month's detail of the details of his strategy.
"However, I expect that we can work closely with doctors, healthcare professionals and other experts in all areas of the ESC to develop a gradual strategy that can really influence opioid and other addiction problems in society," he wrote. e-mail.
Pearson also recently returned from several conferences in Israel, the United States and Canada, where he presented his research on cannabinoid medicine.
"People, but researchers in Israel," he said cannabis use could reduce the use of antipsychotic drugs and opioids in the elderly, including in demented patients who need sedation.
"I think we are still a little absent from doctors because they accept this because the lack of randomized, controlled double-blind studies we used as a gold standard," Pearson said, but considerable research is under way.
At the same time, much of the disadvantage caused by the opioid crisis is caused by street drugs, but it reduces recipes where reasonable can also be good, says vice president Irfan Dhalla of Health Quality Ontario.
"Opioids are far more than doctors in many other countries, so it's probably a good thing if the opioids start less often."
In Canada in 2017, about 4,000 people in six Sarnia-Lambton died of reported opioid overdoses.
Health Quality In Ontario, there is no official position to prescribe drug cannabis as an alternative, Dhalla said.
"But I know that many doctors feel that it is very sensible to prescribe medical marijuana especially if it leads to someone who is at high doses of opioids coming from these medicines."
Pearson advises patients to contact a doctor before starting cannabinoid medication because it may interact with other medicines.
"Just because it's legal, does not mean it's safe for sure."
Individual opiate scours pain (2017):
– Erie St. Clair
157.2 – price per 1000 people
– Southwest LHIN
126.1 – rate per 1000
110.2 – price per 1000 people
Source: Ontario Drug Policy Research Network