Today’s Guardian online has published an article that highlights findings from an Australian-led study which states that teenagers who use cannabis daily before the age of 17 are more than 60% less likely to complete high school or university compared with those who have never used.
Daily teenage users were seven times more likely to attempt suicide and eight times as likely to use other illicit drugs compared with non-users, the research published in journal the Lancet Psychiatry found. The study was funded by the government’s National Health and Medical Research Council.
They linked frequency of use with seven developmental outcomes up to the age of 30: completing high school; obtaining a university degree; cannabis dependence; use of other illicit drugs; suicide attempts; depression, and welfare dependence.
They found a clear association between frequency of cannabis use in adolescence and poor outcomes across most measures, even after controlling for factors such as socioeconomic status and mental illness.
Risks increased as the amount of the drug taken also increased.
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