Written by David Brown for Lift.
The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) released their pre-Budget 2017 submission last Friday, which includes a request for $10 million to support cannabis education.
Within the larger budget suggestions for the Federal Government, the CPhA calls on them to “provide funding of $10 million to support a health promotion and awareness campaign to educate the public about the potential harms of marijuana use, including the possibility of interaction with prescription drugs, and responsible consumption through regulated suppliers.”
The document, available online, makes three recommendations for the 2017 federal budget to “improve the health of all Canadians, while ensuring the best value for health care dollars, including”:
1)Investing in optimal drug therapy for Canadians and enhancing drug access for patients
2) Educating Canadians about the health impacts of marijuana use, in particular as it relates to the medical use of marijuana and the risk of potential drug interactions
3)Improving healthcare for indigenous peoples through enhanced drug access and pharmacist services.