Teenagers who use cannabis daily before the age of 17 are 60% less likely to complete high school and seven times more likely to attempt suicide than those who haven't used the drug, UNSW research shows.
Almost two-thirds of parents are foggy on the facts around cannabis use and its effects, despite believing they hold the primary responsibility for the drug education of their children, according to a new survey.
The Federal Government has announced that the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at UNSW will lead the establishment of a multi-million dollar National Cannabis Control and Prevention Centre.
New research has cast doubt on the perception that most young Australians consider cannabis to be a benign and harmless drug, with a third now viewing it as unacceptable. The work has been co-authored by UNSW's National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC).
Ninety percent of Australian cannabis users over the age of 14 report using alcohol at the same time, despite serious risks in combining the two drugs, according to a review by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at UNSW.