Kids Treated for Marijuana Addiction Reaches Record High in United Kingdom | The Fix

A record number of children are being treated for addiction to marijuana, according to statistics compiled by Public Health England.

Last year, a total of 13,581 youth under age 18 received medical treatment for drug addiction, citing marijuana as their main problem drug. The number marks a 50% increase over seven years, and includes 200 children age 12 or below.

Steve Rolles, a senior policy analyst with Transform, an organization which campaigns for the legal, regulated sale of marijuana with strict regulation to prevent children from accessing it, noted that the average age of first use has been falling over the past decade.

“That’s a concern because the earlier you start using, the greater the risk,” he said. “If you are 12, 13 or 14, the risks are much greater than if you start when you’re, say, over 20.”

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