October 16, 2018

Cannabis legalization means ‘new reality’ for Canadian healthcare: doctors

As of legalization day, Oct. 17, more Canadians than ever will be using cannabis. What will that mean for our healthcare system?

Experts say our closest comparison is Colorado. When the U.S. state legalized recreational cannabis in 2014, it saw a 23 per cent increase in pot-related emergency room visits. The spike lasted a few months. Most patients were diagnosed with mental illness, some with uncontrollable vomiting or injuries.

The Canadian Medical Association is urging the government to closely monitor issues in Canadian hospitals. Read more here.


Tuesday, November 06, 2018  - Toronto, ON Breakfast with the Chiefs

Transforming How We Manage Health Technologies in Support of Better Health, Better Patient Experience, and Better Value

Dr. Brian O’Rourke, President and CEO of CADTH

Breakfast with the Chiefs image – Thank you to 2017–2018 speakers and sponsors

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