TTC calls CBD oil a safety risk, forcing back employee on opioids

TTC calls CBD oil a safety risk, forcing Worker back on opioids

This is a story that will probably infuriate you.

Ellaine Farrell, who has worked for the TTC for 26 years, is used as a subway operator and she was told her if she wished to continue to use medical cannabis as prescribed by her physician, she couldn’t stay at her “safety-sensitive” position. While she had been offered other positions in the business, they came with a substantial pay cut, meaning the TTC was basically holding her job hostage if she didn&rsquo!

So now, she’s using percocet and oxycodone, which “makes her feel like a zombie” and she is not happy at all, as she told CBC:

“Opioids are very, very addictive, and I want to get off the opioids since it’s ruining my life. ”

And you know what’s the kicker?

She’s not getting high! She’s using CBD oil, which is utilised in several medications and it’s legal if you have a medical prescription- !

The fact that the TTC is interfering with their worker ’s wellbeing and forcing her on painkillers against her will while we’re in the middle of an opioid crisis is completely irresponsible and a classic example of the lingering “reefer madness” blot.

Her doctor, Dr. Michael Verbora, seems to concur as he told CBC:

“This felt extremely discriminating, and it felt like an invasion of my individual ’s health and their personal rights.

Giving her an ultimatum that she can return on opioids so she can drive or face financial consequences and interfering with her seems disingenuous.

The reality is that I’m not confident that driving a TTC bus is secure. ”

But it feels like the TTC would rather go with the toxin that they know over the medicine that they don’t.

Why is the TTC so against medical cannabis?

According to the CBC, “the TTC said an independent medical expert has advised the transit agency not to permit any employee in a safety-sensitive place to use any type of cannabis since they could get drunk.

Regrettably, this “medical expert” was not named, but it’s obvious that they are completely clueless on medical cannabis and the differences between THC and CBD.

But the word of this expert was good enough for the TTC as spokesman Brad Ross told CBC:

“This isn’t about cannabis. This is that may potentially impair, which ’s not a chance we re prepared to take. ”

So if that is really about disability like he says, I wonder if he realizes that opioids can “possibly impair”, also?

Common side effects and risks of opioids include:

Opioids are also quite addictive. More addictive than cannabis. In fact, cannabis substitution programs have shown that cannabis can help opioid users cut back on their usage and sometimes quit altogether.

So it seems that opioids can “possibly impair”, also, so why is the TTC willing to take this chance on them?

It seems the TTC knows opioids can impair, as it advised Ellaine Farrell to not take any within eight hours of starting her shift, but this begs the question: Why couldn’t they have made a similar request when it came to CBD (which again, won’t get you high) rather than a blanket ban on using CBD at all?

She can’t even use CBD on the weekends or holidays without risking her job!

Comparing the health risks of opioids and cannabis is not even close- opioids kill tens of thousands of Canadians across the country each year, while there have been no overdose deaths linked to cannabis, ever!

It s clear that whoever is making these decisions is uninformed and is hurting their employees.

“I feel betrayed by my company, particularly if there’s people making decisions on my life and they’ve never ever seen me face to face”.

Featured image courtesy of Mobile Syrup.


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