Shock as kids overdose on cannabis

DRUG and public health experts issued a stark warning to parents today as they revealed that children as young as ELEVEN are “overdosing” on cannabis in Suffolk.

DRUG and public health experts issued a stark warning to parents today as they revealed that children as young as ELEVEN are “overdosing” on cannabis in Suffolk.

As the peril of stronger strains of the drug take their hold on the county's towns, a leading paramedic and two senior drug strategy officers have warned:

999 calls from children terrified by the effect cannabis is having on them are on the rise

with every puff of a joint a child risks long-term damage to their body


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stronger strains of the drug are too much for many adults to handle, let alone a child

Jason Gillingham, a top paramedic from the East of England Ambulance Service, said: “When I first started we were looking at 15 or 16-year-olds calling 999 after using cannabis, now it's 11 or 12-year-olds.”

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Simon Aalders, co-ordinator of the Suffolk Drug and Alcohol Action Team, warned: “These are powerful things that adults with experience would struggle to deal with.”

For full story see tonight's Evening Star.

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