The Exit | Cannabis Could Help End The Opioid Crisis

The Exit is a documentary about the growing idea that cannabis is an "Exit Drug." It challenges the debunked theory of cannabis as a "Gateway Drug" by following the people who believe medical cannabis can help end the opioid overdose crisis. This documentary has never been more relevant. In 2017 alone, 65,000 people died of opioid overdoses or related causes. To put that in perspective, more people died last year from opioid overdoses than died at the peak of the AIDS crisis. That makes the opioid death rate higher than car crashes, suicides, and homicides combined. Increasingly studies are showing that access to medical cannabis is reducing the number of opioid overdose deaths. In response, a growing number of addiction medicine doctors, frontline workers, and those suffering opioid addiction have begun using cannabis as an adjunct treatment for withdrawal and opioid use disorder. So we crossed the country and spoke to the people impacted most. In less than a month, Canada will become the first G7 country on the planet to legalize cannabis. The time for change is now. The Exit shows that cannabis can serve as a lifeboat during this public health emergency.