Children aged NINE are damaged by cannabis: Shocking toll of young patients admitted to hospital with mental disorders
- More than 3,400 patients under 19 went to hospital due to mental and behavioural illnesses brought on by cannabis last year
- NHS figures show the number of admission has risen 38 per cent since 2013/14
- Teenagers say cannabis has become more accessible through social media sites
- Dealers may post cannabis bag pictures on Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram
- James Hamilton had a cannabis addiction aged 14 and developed depression
By SOPHIE BORLAND HEALTH EDITOR FOR THE DAILY MAIL 25 March 2019
Children as young as nine are being admitted to hospital with severe disorders caused by cannabis, figures reveal.
More than 3,400 patients under the age of 19 were admitted last year because of mental and behavioural illnesses triggered by the drug.
Doctors are seeing a ‘whole new generation’ with serious problems, who are increasingly buying cannabis via social media websites.
NHS figures show that admissions for disorders caused by the drug among under-19s have risen by 38 per cent since 2013/14, and by 10 per cent in the past year alone.
Last week a major study in the Lancet Psychiatry journal revealed that potent forms of the drug increased the risk of psychotic disorders five-fold. A shocking 30 per cent of new cases of psychosis in London are linked to skunk cannabis, the King’s College London researchers found.
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