Ron Lim

I do have concerns that we are "loosening" regulations for our physician members. Regular users of cannabis has an addiction potential of close to 10% in the whole population and even higher in "at risk' individuals. There is evidence that the liberal use of opioids for chronic pain has contributed to the opioid crisis when we "allowed' physicians to prescribe without oversite. The co occurring "addiction" prevalence of chronic opioid users can be as high as 25%. I would object to extend the follow up period to 6 months. Constant follow up is needed to look for developing addiction and I have seen too many cases of physicians ''just prescribing' and allowing use of 3 gms a day which in my opinion is NOT evidence based and with a high rate of "addiction" in these individuals and they will need to be identified early.

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