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Drug nod

BARRY ALLEYNE, [email protected]

Drug nod


Barbados is on the verge of having medicinal marijuana added to the formulary of the Barbados Drug Service.

In a historic move, the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Ministry of Agriculture, Barbados Drug Service and the local medical fraternity will soon implement a joint programme that will give doctors here the green light to prescribe the drug once they complete training sanctioned by the Ministry of Health.

Importation of the range of drugs, known officially as cannabanoids, will be approved only as a last resort, if conventional methods of pain management have failed.

“The ministry [of Health] will be focused on the use of cannabanoids in very specific conditions,” the island’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Kenneth George, revealed in an exclusive interview with THE NATION. (BA)

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