Effects of pot
The Eastern Ontario Health Unit ( EOHU) has launched a campaign to raise awareness about the effects and potential dangers presented by the use of cannabis.
The goal is to remind the public that while recreational use of cannabis is now legal, its consumption still presents health risks, says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health at the EOHU.
“Depending on who consumes it and how, cannabis can have negative effects on an individual’s health in the short and long terms. We know that youth and young adults are at the highest risk of negative health impacts from cannabis use. It’s therefore the role of public health to make sure individuals make informed decisions when it comes to cannabis use,” he says.
In order to raise awareness about cannabis and mitigate the risks its use can present for individuals, the EOHU has created a “Cannabis Q&A” website where members of the public will find information about what cannabis is, the laws surrounding the substance, and the effects it can have on your health. The website can be accessed at www.eohu.ca/cannabis.
The EOHU has also launched a video series titled “Legal doesn’t mean harmless” to debunk myths about cannabis use. In addition, the health unit produced ads that will air on local radio stations, screen at the Galaxy theatre in Cornwall and appear on social media platforms.
Along with its community partners, the EOHU has also been holding a series of forums for parents in the region about the legalization of cannabis and what it means for youth.
Mixing cannabis and driving is dangerous because cannabis slows users’ reaction time and increases their risk of being in a collision. In addition, if a police officer finds that you’re impaired by cannabis or any other drug, you may face serious penalties up to possible jail time. Individuals who are 21 and under, as well as novice and commercial drivers will not be allowed to have any cannabis in their system.