According to a new report, cannabis and alcohol abuse are the primary substances which lead to hospitalizations among youth aged between 10 to 24 years. The report also highlights the dominance of mental health conditions ad contributing factors.
Official statistics infer that approximately 23,500 people who fit within the age group have been hospitalized for harm, with an average number of 65 hospitalizations per day in less than one year, according to the Canadian Institute for Health.
Cannabis has been observed in the documentation related to up to 40 % of hospitalizations while alcohol was linked to up to 26% percent of the cases. The report highlights the need to enhance and improve the opportunities to reach projects which reduce the risks of potential damage caused by substance abuse, more support, and mental health services and the development of efficient early treatment protocols.
Cannabis And Alcohol Abuse Are Primary Hospitalization Causes In Young Canadians
Out of the patients who were hospitalized for cannabis use, it is mentioned that 81% received additional treatment for mental health issues, among which we can count anxiety. Among those who were admitted for the consumption of opioids, the rate was lower, reaching 49%.
According to a high-ranking public health employee, the data observed within the report is not complete, since it does not include care given in emergency rooms, the offices of family doctors, addictions centers and clinics or the number of deaths caused by overdose. It is essential to keep in mind the fact that the data featured in the report was collected before cannabis was legalized in October 2018. The information is still usable as a base for additional research related to drug use.
More efforts need to be put to educate potential young users about the risks which are associated with the consumption of marijuana. Parents and those who are working with young people should pay attention to them and offer additional advice if they feel that it is needed. More data is available in the report, which was published recently.