Heavy pot users more likely to quit school and use other drugs

10 Sep 2014
Heavy cannabis use in adolescence can affect cognitive development and educational attainment. Smokers High Life/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA

Fron Jackson-Webb, Section Editor, Health and Medicine, The Conversation; Jake NajmanProfessor of Population Health, The University of Queensland

Almost half (46%) of regular cannabis users drop out of high school and just 12% become degree qualified, according to a study published today in The Lancet.

Teens who smoke cannabis daily or weekly are also eight times more likely to use other illicit drugs in young adulthood than non-users, the study found.

Cannabis use is the most widely used illicit drug in Australia. Around 4% of 14- to 19-year-old Australians smoke the drug once at least once a week, while 1% use it daily.

Read the full article on The Conversation.