Think it’s harmless? Now nine in ten teens at drug clinics are being treated for marijuana use (United Kingdom)
Cannabis is responsible for 91% of drug addiction cases involving teenagers Skunk – high-potency herbal cannabis – causing more people to seek treatment Backs up research that skunk is having detrimental impact on mental health Cannabis is responsible for 91 per cent of cases where teenagers end up being treated for drug addiction, shocking new figures reveal.
In 2016, just over one-quarter of all treatment presentations in the UK were for primary cannabis use (see accompanying table 3.1). The pattern is starkly different for young people (under the age of 18) in drug treatment, with 91% citing cannabis as the primary drug bringing them into treatment (Public Health England, 2017).
United Kingdom Drug Situation, 2017
Click here to see the 2017 UK Report on Drug Situation.
One UK Family’s Horror Story
Janie Hamilton’s son James died aged just 36 when he refused to have chemotherapy for testicular cancer after years battling mental illness. His death was recorded as being partly caused by schizophrenia, which his family believe was triggered by his addiction to cannabis from the age of 14.