March 8, 2019
With the legalization of Recreational Cannabis, the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit has collaborated with our many partners to develop and share evidence-based information, realizing we all have a role to play in protecting the health of our youth and our families. We know that the use of cannabis has significant health risks particularly among our youth, pregnant and breastfeeding population and persons with a history of mental health illness.
In 2016, Health Canada produced a report from a baseline survey assessing the awareness, knowledge, and behaviour of Canadians associated with recreational use of cannabis. In that report, physicians and other health care professionals are seen as the most likely source for information about the health risks of recreational cannabis (53 per cent). In terms of sources of information regarding safety in driving a vehicle, health care professionals continue to be a primary source of information for Canadians.
The Centre for Effective Practice has created a tool called The Non-Medical Cannabis Resource which aims to support primary care providers in a conversation about non-medical cannabis use with their patients in a safe and non-judgmental environment. Primary care providers will find helpful talking points regarding cannabis-related harms, harm reduction techniques and risk factors for special populations.
As valued partners, we appreciate your support in helping bring evidence based information to your patients.
Centre for Effective Practice. (October 2018). Non-Medical Cannabis Resource: Ontario. Toronto: Centre for Effective Practice