Teenagers that use cannabis at least once a week have a sevenfold higher incidence of daily use as young adults.
Heavy teenage cannabis use appears to predict even heavier cannabis use into adulthood.
Cannabis use is initiated as teenagers and has become widespread among teenagers and young adults with a majority of young people having experimented with cannabis.
Some studies suggest 1 in 10 young people use cannabis every day.
(Source: Addiction Journal 102, 2007)
Cannabis use carries health risks particularly relating to mental illness.
These recent studies which confirm early cannabis use progressing to heavier cannabis use later in life are disturbing because they indicate the potential for increasing health problems for our community.
Cannabis is addictive and is a gateway not only to higher use but to the use of other illicit drugs.
Dissuading teenagers to experiment with cannabis has many benefits.
Those teenagers that use cannabis need effective detoxification and rehabilitation early intervention to head off health problems in later life.
World’s best practice has proven the need for early intervention so Australian authorities must now have these programs available to reduce the demand for illicit drugs.
Lets ditch harm minimization for world’s best practice.