Drug Free Australia has launched a 47-page study warning of the serious health consequences of prolonged cannabis use. John Barich reports. Long-term cannabis use can lead to severe mental illnesses later in life, including schizophrenia and suicidal depression, a new study has found. Drug Free Australia (DFA) is currently launching a 47-page research paper on the consequences of acute and chronic cannabis use, entitled, Cannabis – suicide, schizophrenia and other ill-effects. The publication draws on the latest worldwide research into the effects of cannabis, which is still the most commonly used illicit drug in Australia. The age of first-time users of cannabis continues to decline, with children and adolescents particularly vulnerable to the drug’s adverse effects. One in three Australians, aged 14 and older, use the drug in their lifetime.…
Australian states bear the responsibility for healthcare and education matters.
We need to rethink the trajectory of pedagogy in Australia, and provide far better formation for young minds.
We also need to keep an eye on evolving healthcare policies, particularly regarding bioethical issues.
Read on for suggested policies and methods.