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The University of British Columbia is moving forward with its goal of filling the cannabis research gap and has created a new professorship to study the possibility of using medical marijuana in treating opioid addictions.

Epidemiologist and research scientist M-J Milloy has been appointed as the Canopy Growth professor of cannabis science at the university.

"Dr. M-J Milloy will be Western Canada's first cannabis science professor at the University of British Columbia and the first professor in Canada focused on researching the role cannabis can play in the overdose crisis," said Judy Darcy, Mental Health and Addictions Minister, in the announcement.

Milloy will lead a clinical study to explore how cannabis can help people with opioid use disorders, something his research has already shown to increase the likelihood of patients staying on track with their treatments, and putting them at a lower risk of getting involved with injection drugs.

The program has been funded with $2.5 million from Canopy Growth and $500,000 from the provincial government.

The opioid epidemic has ripped communities across North America apart, killing 1,100 people in Canada alone from the January to September in 2018, leading many medical professionals to seek out different treatments for patients.

Source: https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2018/11/26/ubc-marijuana-opioid-addiction_a_23601276/

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