Where there’s smoke … there’s mental illness

The Age (Australia) 14 Dec 06
AVERAGE first-time dope smokers are now only 14.9 years old, warns a report on the dangers of cannabis to mental health — especially among young people. Released by the Mental Health Council of Australia, the report highlights a growing body of research linking cannabis use with increased risks of mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and psychosis. “You increase that risk further if you have a family history of mental illness,” said the council’s chief executive John Mendoza. “You increase the risk again a notch further if you begin using at a young age, when brain development is at crucial stages.”
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Teens at most risk from dope
Sydney Morning Herald 14 Dec 06
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