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Cannabis: Misuse

Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government have taken to raise awareness among young people of the harmful effects of cannabis on health. (174571)

I have been asked to reply.

My hon. Friend will know from the replies to his earlier questions on alcohol abuse that the Government are committed to reducing substance misuse among young people. This includes that relating to cannabis. Education about cannabis is delivered alongside that on other drugs, alcohol and volatile substances and is a vital element of our approach.

We are clear of the need to be sure that drug education in schools is robust, accurate and effective. As part of the Children's Plan we have given a commitment to examine the effectiveness of current delivery arrangements for all drugs education and act to strengthen them if necessary.

In addition to school-based education the Government's FRANK campaign has consistently informed young people about the risks associated with cannabis through the media and the dedicated FRANK website. There are around 1,100 visits to the cannabis web page each day alone and the message is clear—cannabis is harmful and illegal and should not be taken.