Abuse of cannabis puts 500 a week in hospital in UK


By James Kirkup and Richard Edwards

Last Updated: 2:48am GMT 11/01/2008

The public health impact of the Government's decision to downgrade cannabis is disclosed today in official figures showing a 50 per cent rise in the number of people requiring medical treatment after using the drug.

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    Since cannabis was downgraded from a Class B to a Class C drug, the number of adults being treated in hospitals and clinics in England for its effects has risen to more than 16,500 a year. In addition, the number of children needing medical attention after smoking the drug has risen to more than 9,200.

    Doctors say cannabis abuse can contribute to a series of mental health problems

    Almost 500 adults and children are treated in hospitals and clinics every week for the effects of cannabis.

    Its health toll is revealed in official data compiled by health authorities and obtained by The Daily Telegraph.

  • Full Story from 'The Daily Telegraph'  HERE

    More on this story from the 'Daily Mail' HERE

    BTW, Both these papers are known for their right wing views in the UK and do love to bash the Labour Govt and the decision to downgrade Cannabis from a class 'B' to a class 'C'  whenever possible.

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