New numbers support the finding that 9 in 10 teens at drug clinics are being treated for marijuana abuse.

Daily Mail:

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 ‘increased dominance of high-potency herbal cannabis’ – known as skunk – is causing more young people to seek treatment.

The revelation comes amid growing concerns that universities – and even some public schools – 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 – from 9,043 in 2006 to 12,712 in 2017;
  • Treatment for all narcotics has increased by 20 per cent – 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 ‘sharp increase’ in cocaine use among 15-year-olds, up 56 per cent from 16,700 in 2014 to 26,200 in 2016.

 

 

 

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One thought on “Cannabis is responsible for 91% of drug addiction cases involving teenagers”

  1. Back in 1917 the Temperance Movement to Abolish Alcohol Drinking successfully banned “demon rum” ie alcohol from the public, and all the public did was either buy the stuff from the gangsters or brew it at home. Marijuana is a problematic drug, but banning it has done nothing but make it more attractive and more dangerous. Education and moderation are the answer, take my word for it, people will have their cannabis, just like they would have their alcohol. I am a long term medical cannabis user, an addict actually, but I take it for my very painful cancer and it is very effective in reducing my pain. I understand the youth drug crisis, I just do not see the law doing the job of dealing with this crisis.

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