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The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. The number of Canadian veterans prescribed opioids or tranquilizers has declined significantly in the past six years while those authorized to use medical cannabis has skyrocketed, even as Veterans Affairs​ capped reimbursement for it. Experts caution more in-depth research is needed but say these new data, released to The Globe and Mail by Veterans Affairs Canada, echo trends observed in U.S. states with legalized medical marijuana, where significant declines in opioid overdoses suggest that people may be substituting these oft-abused, addictive medicines with cannabis. Since 2012, the number of veterans prescribed benzodiazepines – with brands such as Xanax, Ativan and Valium – decreased 43 per cent to 4,702 people last fiscal year. Opioid prescriptions also shrank 31 per cent during that same period to 10,130. Two years ago, when The Globe first obtained these data, those declines were slightly less pronounced. Number of veterans using opioids declines significantly as cannabis use skyrockets

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