TORONTO, June 29, 2015 /CNW/ - Chronic Pain Toronto (CPT) is a non-profit advocacy group that promotes early diagnosis and comprehensive treatment plans for people in pain. They work with people and health professionals to bridge the gap between patient and physician. CPT has become involved with the grass roots movement started in Vancouver and Victoria B.C. to help chronically ill patients access their legal medical marijuana. Their focus is to help foster a national dialogue on the basic right for patients to be able to access the medication they need and to medicate with dignity and without harassment from the community or law enforcement.
CPT's "Giving Pain a Voice" campaign is dedicated to the education and awareness surrounding pain management, the widely-recognized benefits of prescribed medical cannabis, and its unencumbered distribution to patients. Key areas of focus include:
- patient access to cannabis clubs/dispensaries;
- public awareness and education, removing the stigma around medical marijuana;
- law enforcement awareness and education about medical cannabis and patient rights.
CPT is pleased to be partnering with Devon Bain of Bain Barristers, an advocate for those who suffer from Chronic Pain. Mr. Bain has donated his time to create and submit the enclosed correspondence to Mayor John Tory, the Police Chiefs across the GTA and will be subsequently contacting Toronto's City Counsel. This document outlines the need to create consensus on policies and procedures for law enforcement officers to interact with medical cannabis patients. CPT and Mr. Bain look forward to hearing from Mayor Tory and the Police Services as an important first step to establish a nationwide approach on chronic illness and cannabis use.
About Chronic Pain Toronto
Chronic Pain Toronto was founded in November 2012 by Kevin Hall, who serves as Executive Director. Mr. Hall has suffered from chronic pain since 2008 following a hit-and-run accident and has gained a deep appreciation for and knowledge of the debilitating pain and day-to-day challenges faced by those who suffer. Unable to continue his previous vocation in the financial sector, he initially set out to educate himself regarding options for treatment. What he found was a significant lack of understanding and numerous impediments to access the right doctors and treatments. Since that time Mr. Hall has conferred with hundreds of individuals connected to the world of pain management spanning from other sufferers, their families and friends, medical practitioners, pharmaceutical industry representatives, legal professionals and law enforcement officials. Should you wish to contact Mr. Hall he can be reached at [email protected] or you can find him on Facebook.
SOURCE Chronic Pain Toronto
For further information: Kevin Hall, Executive Director, Chronic Pain Toronto, 647-345-0923, [email protected], www.chronicpaintoronto.com