Friday, January 11, 2008

Abuse of cannabis puts 500 a week in hospital

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.
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.;jsessionid=CCFT03BLULJBXQFIQMGSFFOAVCBQWIV0?xml=/news/2008/01/11/ncnbis111.xml

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