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Cannabis affects young brains

A new study from New Zealand has revealed that under 18s who smoke cannabis appear to run the risk of a significant and irreversible reduction in their IQ.
After taking into account other factors such as alcohol or tobacco dependency; other drug use and years spent in education the study showed that those who persistently used cannabis suffered a decline in their IQ. The more that people smoked, the greater the loss and the effect was most noticable in those who started smoking cannabis at a young age.
Unfortunately, stopping or reducing cannabis use failed to fully restore any ‘lost’ IQ.
Previous advice to parents from the Chief Medical Officer is that young people should not drink alcohol at all before the age of fifteen. The simple message, therefore, is that all substance misuse is harmful for kids.
Read more at BBC News  and http://bit.ly/OndNsh
Details of how to access Warwickshire’s adult and young person’s drug and alcohol servcies can be found at http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/drugs
Parents can contact Compass Warwickshire for drug and alcohol advice on freephone 08000 88 72 48.

About Paul Hooper, WCC (575 Articles)
Group Manager: Community Safety and Substance Misuse
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