The Fellowship of Life
By James Kirkup and Richard Edwards
Last Updated: 12:01am GMT 10/01/2008
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.
Almost 500 adults and children are treated in hospitals and clinics every week for the effects of cannabis. Its health toll is revealed in official data compiled by health authorities and obtained by The Daily Telegraph.
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