Medical marijuana can help end opioid crisis

A variety of studies show cannabis is a viable pain-killing alternative, and it has been successfully used to help addicts kick opioids

Medical marijuana can help end opioid crisisBy Daniel Duarte Research Associate Frontier Centre for Public Policy Over the last decade, Canada has been among the top three countries with the highest per capita opioid consumption. With 3,023 opioid-related deaths in 2016, 4,120 in 2017, and 4,588 in 2018, the problem appears to be escalating quickly despite numerous federal and provincial initiatives.…

An Evolving Market: Where Does the CBD Industry Currently Stand?

An Evolving Market: Where Does the CBD Industry Currently Stand?The CBD industry is rapidly growing in different markets within the U.S. and globally too. While CBD oil and topical treatments have proven popular, the trend towards CBD edibles in many interesting varieties is expected to continue its impressive growth. In this article, we look at different aspects of the CDB industry to see how…

The war on drugs must be fought at addiction’s social roots

The answer to addiction will not be found in the industries of incarceration and prescription

The war on drugs must be fought at addiction’s social rootsOn Oct. 21, pharmaceutical opioid distributors McKesson Corp., AmerisourceBergen and Cardinal Health, and drug manufacturer Teva Pharmaceuticals agreed to a US$260-million settlement just hours before opening arguments were scheduled to begin in the first opioid-era federal lawsuit in Ohio. This is the first of hundreds of similar lawsuits filed by cities, counties, Native American tribes…

Pharmacare proposal raises some serious questions

Free prescription drugs won’t mean a thing if Canadians can’t access the drugs they need. There has to be a better way to manage our supply

Pharmacare proposal raises some serious questionsBy Susan Martinuk Research associate Frontier Centre for Public Policy The Liberal federal government made a pre-election promise to establish a single, universal pharmacare program that would cover all, or most, of the costs of prescription drugs for Canadians. The idea has been discussed for decades, but the public conversation has rarely gone beyond unproven…

Alberta a Canadian leader in the retail cannabis market

Alberta a Canadian leader in the retail cannabis marketWhen it comes to the legal retail cannabis market in Canada apparently Alberta is a leader among the provinces. According to ATB Financial’s Economics & Research Team,  the Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission has issued more than 280 licences for retail cannabis stores. “While a blackmarket still exists, $170 million in retail sales were recorded…

Concern over nearby cannabis stores fading: survey

But more than half of both homeowners (64%) and renters (53%) agree that smoking cannabis inside would devalue a home

Concern over nearby cannabis stores fading: surveyA new survey suggests Canadians are warming up to cannabis dispensaries near their homes. Online real estate company Zoocasa found that 43 per cent of respondents to their survey agreed they would be comfortable with such a business operating in proximity to their home compared with 31 per cent last year. “However, those who don’t…

Canada must protect its drug supply

Canada’s drug supply is meant to provide for 37 million Canadians, not 370 million Americans. U.S. cross-border shopping could endanger Canadians

Canada must protect its drug supplyBy Susan Martinuk Research associate Frontier Centre for Public Policy When U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders joined a caravan of diabetics for a cross-border shopping trip to buy Canadian insulin, it was a deliberate attempt to publicize his proposed policies to reform health care. He likely had no idea that the media coverage of his…

Canada can learn from Swiss and Dutch drug coverage

Both countries partner with the private sector and expect patients to share the cost of treatment

Canada can learn from Swiss and Dutch drug coverageBy Bacchus Barua and Kristina Acri The Fraser Institute The Liberal federal government seems poised to propose a national pharmacare plan in time for the Oct. 21 federal election. Many proponents note that Canada is the only industrialized country featuring a universal health-care system that doesn’t provide universal coverage for prescription drugs. However, those same…

Canadian drugs can’t cure deadly U.S. shortages

Canada can’t even keep itself stocked with necessary medication and falls far short when it comes to research spending

Canadian drugs can’t cure deadly U.S. shortagesCrippling drug prices in the United States have brought even Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and President Donald Trump together: they both favour drug imports from Canada to ease the pain. Vermont, Sanders’ home state, has approved this for state programs and 16 states are queuing up to follow suit. The proposal is seductive, a…
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