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"Cannabis can be as addictive as heroin or alcohol"

Articles in the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegrah on 7th October claimed “cannabis can be as addictive as heroin or alcohol.” In fact, the study on which the articles are based shows that cannabis is less addictive than heroin or alcohol.

Dr Wayne Hall, Director and Inaugural Chair, Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research at the University of Queensland, and author of the study explained:

“I found that daily cannabis use over years and decades increases the risk of developing dependence on cannabis in the sense of losing control over cannabis use and users experiencing difficulty stopping despite knowing that their use is harming them. The risks of developing dependence were around 1 in 10 for anyone who used cannabis compared to 1 in 3 for tobacco smokers, 1 in 4 for heroin users and 1 in 6 for alcohol users.

“I did say that there are more people in Australia seeking help to quit cannabis than heroin. This is for the simple reason that a lot more Australians have used cannabis than have used heroin.”

Document type: For The Record

Published: 8 October 2014

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