New numbers support the finding that 9 in 10 teens at drug clinics are being treated for marijuanaÂ abuse.
Cannabis is responsible for 91 per cent of cases where teenagers end up being treated for drug addiction, shocking new figures reveal.
Supporters of the drug claim it is harmless, but an official report now warns the â€˜increased dominance of high-potency herbal cannabisâ€™ â€“ known as skunk â€“ is causing more young people to seek treatment.
The revelation comes amid growing concerns that universities â€“ and even some public schools â€“ are awash with high-strength cannabis and other drugs.
The findings also back up academic research, revealed in The Mail on Sunday over the past three years, that skunk is having a serious detrimental impact on the mental health of the young. At least two studies have shown repeated use triples the risk of psychosis, with sufferers repeatedly experiencing delusional thoughts. Some victims end up taking their own lives.
Here are some statistics from UK Focal Point on Drugs report,
- Over the past decade, the number of under-18s treated for cannabis abuse in England has jumped 40 per cent â€“ from 9,043 in 2006 to 12,712 in 2017;
- Treatment for all narcotics has increased by 20 per cent â€“ up from 11,618 to 13,961;
- The proportion of juvenile drug treatment for cannabis use is up from four in five cases (78 per cent) to nine in ten (91 per cent);
- There has been a â€˜sharp increaseâ€™ in cocaine use among 15-year-olds, up 56 per cent from 16,700 in 2014 to 26,200 in 2016.