The cannabis for medical use it is still on the table of Congress. With the proposed law presented by United We Can for its decriminalization and regulation for medical purposes in the air, the Popular Party was the next to take a step forward by requesting the Ministry of Health the elaboration of a white paper.
A petition that articulated with the presentation of a Proposal not of Law in the Congress of the Deputies for its debate in the Commission of Health and Consumption. The objective, they explain is “clarify, from the rigor and scientific evidence, the real levels of quality, efficacy and safety of the medicinal use of cannabis in Spain, as well as the possible effects and consequences “.
For this, they see necessary the participation and contributions from public bodiess both in the field of healthcare and research, such as the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (Aemps) or the Carlos III Health Institute. They must also participate in its elaboration private institutions, scientific societies and patient associations, both national and international.
Once prepared, the parliamentary formation believes that said document could serve as endorsement and guide to promote, if appropriate, a later legislative development on the matter.
Strategy to reduce obesity
It is not the only NLP presented in health matters. The Joint Parliamentary Group, at the request of Sergio Sayas López and Carlos García Adanero, deputies of the Navarrese People’s Union (UPN), proposes the creation of a National Strategy for the Comprehensive Approach to Obesity in Spain.
Said plan must be elaborated “within six months” and contain plans, programs and concrete measures, with special incidence in the most vulnerable population, providing guidelines
practices of action to health professionals, family members, caregivers, educators and social agents, and disseminating truthful and scientific information that contributes to its eradication “.
As an argument, the group points out the 8 million people, 22 percent of the total population, which suffers from obesity in Spain, according to the Nutritional Study of the Spanish Population (ENPE). The World Health Organization (WHO) refers to this disease as an “epidemic that is not restricted to industrialized societies, but also in developing countries”
Cost of € 3 billion in 2030
The health care required by this disease involves a high cost for the System National Health, with estimates of increasing to € 3 billion in 2030. Another great danger of obesity as a chronic relapsing disease lies in its relationship with respect to risk of developing a large number of associated diseases: Obesity is the number one cause of type 2 diabetes worldwide, cardiovascular diseases, it has a direct relationship with the appearance of up to 13 different types of cancer (breast, prostate, endometrial, etc.), it generates depression and anxiety, among many other serious health problems.
A situation aggravated with the arrival of Covid-19. During the pandemic, obese patients, in addition to being more likely to be infected, develop the disease with a worse prognosis. To all this, there is a particularly worrying reality: the childhood obesity.
In this sense, in the search for solutions to the public health problem caused by this pathology, ‘Obesity Policy Engagement Netipork’ (OPEN) has been created, an international group of experts in public health, representatives of the people who suffer from it, in policies public and opinion leaders from different parts of the world specialized in the field of obesity whose objective is to improve the care of this disease. This group of experts in Spain made up of professors and professors who are experts in Obesida They are having contact with the different parliamentary groups to encourage us to take state political measures and specific programs not only from the health field, but also from the social or educational field.