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crime world Episode 66: The cannabis epidemic threatening Ireland's teens

With a higher potency and soaring prices, consumption of weed has become the main drug of concern amongst Ireland's youth

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Nicola Tallant, Sunday World investigations editor

Nicola Tallant, Sunday World investigations editor

Nicola Tallant, Sunday World investigations editor

Across the world, cannabis is being de-criminalised and in some countries legalised but with a higher potency and soaring prices, consumption of weed has become the main drug of concern amongst teenagers.

Here, Nicola Tallant talks with consultant psychiatrist Dr Bobby Smyth, who works with young addicts and who fears a tsunami of problems as attitudes to the drug become increasingly lenient.

He reveals the changing trends of problem drug use in teenagers, about the public health drive which has stamped out heroin addiction in young people and how cannabis has taken over as the main reason that kids need addiction services.

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