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Health Canada parts ways with partner in cannabis-education campaign over links to opioid manufacturer

By Beatrice Paez       

Purdue Pharma, one of the leading manufacturers of opioids, is the founding donor of Drug Free Kids Canada, which previously partnered with Health Canada to distribute brochures aimed at helping parents talk to their children about cannabis use.

Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor's department says that, when it comes to the development of resources to educate the public, it has decided not to partner with groups funded by cannabis companies regulated by the department. The Hill Times file photograph by Andrew Meade

A group that partnered with Health Canada to hand out thousands of educational brochures on cannabis decided to scrap its distribution deal after the government added clauses barring it from accepting funds from pharmaceutical and cannabis companies.

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