Welcome to our META:PHI blog, which aims to provide insight into the evolving issues of substance use and treatment in Ontario.

META:PHI is excited to be able to shine a light into the important matters that practitioners across Ontario face when caring for patients in RAAM clinics and other settings.

We hope that in sharing this information among our healthcare community, we can provide more sustainable direction and support for our patients as they move along their path to recovery.

We will discuss these topics with a lens into the implications these issues may have on direct practice and patient care.

We also welcome any suggestions for topics or issues related to substance use and treatment.


Cannabis and Older Adults

Feb 7, 2019

Despite Statistics Canada reporting that a small portion of older Canadians used cannabis in 2015 (1.6 % of adults over the age of 50)1, with the recent legalization of cannabis and the transition of a…

Tagged cannabis, medicinal cannabis, mental health, older adults, seniors

Cannabis and Youth

Nov 2, 2018

With the recent legalization of cannabis¬†in Canada, the question of its impact on youth is very much uncertain. According to the 2015 Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey, the rate of cannabis use…

Tagged cannabis, implications for practice, youth

Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines for Canada

Sep 28, 2018

Currently, Canada has among the highest rates of cannabis use in the world. It remains unclear how the upcoming legalization of cannabis will impact the current rates of use, but clinicians will likely…

Tagged cannabis, implications for practice, RAAM