Kids and Cannabis – Understanding what comes next: A Joint Statement from CAPHC & PCC
Kids and Cannabis – Understanding what comes next
Ottawa, October 17, 2018 - The Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC) and the Paediatric Chairs of Canada (PCC) remain concerned about the impact Bill C45 will have on the health of children and youth. As child health leaders, administrators and health providers, we encourage vigilance in protecting this vulnerable population.
“During this period of transition, our members believe that a public health approach which includes proven and sustainable harm reduction strategies will serve to mitigate negative health and social consequences for Canada’s children and youth” says CAPHC Board Chair, Dr Peter Fitzgerald. “In this context, age-appropriate education and awareness campaigns, as well as child-proof product packaging must be first lines of defense against cannabis misuse and abuse for this vulnerable population.”
“We do not yet fully understand the long-term impacts of cannabis use on the developing brain. Canada must establish the capacity to assess the health, social and economic risks pertaining to factors such as age, gender, culture, consumption rates, and cannabis use and addiction. The paediatric research community and paediatric service providers are prepared to help undertake this research and develop innovative solutions to support Canadian children, youth and their families”, states PCC President Dr. Allison Eddy.
CAPHC and PCC further recognize the important roles they can play to support the education of health professionals to identify and treat cannabis misuse. We look forward to working with government and other stakeholders both now and in the future.
CAPHC & PCC Government Relations Specialist
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