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Presented by: Dr. Jonathan Bertram, Co-Chair Cannabis Working Group, CCSMH, Staff Physician Addictions Medicine Service, CAMH Board of Directors, Ontario College of Family Physicians, Consulting Physician PSSP, CAMH - First Nations Outreach Addictions & Pain Physician, Bowmanville Family Health Organization, Consulting Physician Community Outreach Programs in Addiction - Reconnect Mental Health Services
Summary: The Canadian Coalition for Seniors Mental Health (CCSMH) has been funded through the Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP) of Health Canada to create a set of four guidelines on the prevention, assessment, and management of substance use disorders among older adults for alcohol, benzodiazepine receptor agonists (BZRAs), cannabis, and opioids.
Cannabis use among older Canadians has received increased public interest since its legalization in the fall of 2018. Older Adults are beginning to ask more about cannabis in the setting of recreational and therapeutic use. As younger individuals grow older, the prevalence of cannabis use disorders in older adults may also increase. Those seeking to start using cannabis and/or those currently using cannabis therapeutically are now looking for information and clinical guidance.