Quantifying the social costs of cannabis use to Australia in 2015/16

Steven Whetton, Robert J. Tait, Agata Chrzanowska, Neil Donnelly, Alice McEntee, S. Aqif Mukhtar, Emma Zahra, Gabrielle Campbell, Louisa Degenhardt, Tania Dey, Suraya Abdul Halim, Wayne Hall, Marshall Makate, Richard Norman, Amy Peacock, Ann Roche, Steve Allsop

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    Globally, in 2018 about 192 million people used cannabis (United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, 2020). In Australia, about 10 percent of those aged 14 years or older, about 2 million people, reported that they used cannabis in the previous 12 months (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2017i) and over 150,200 are thought to match the criteria for dependence on cannabis (Global Burden of Disease Collaborative Network, 2018). Both in Australia and elsewhere, the legal status of cannabis is in flux, with the increasing availability of prescribed ‘medical marijuana’ and the decimalisation or legalisation of cannabis use in some countries/states. These alterations will very possibly result in changes in the prevalence of cannabis use and in the groups who consume it. However, there remain potential adverse health and economic consequences of using cannabis.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationPerth, Western Australia
    PublisherNational Drug Research Institute
    Number of pages157
    ISBN (Print)9780648736745
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020


    • cannabis use
    • social costs
    • Economic costs
    • cannabis dependence
    • Australia
    • premature mortality
    • quality of life


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