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    Mental health charity warns of 'significant increase' in cannabis-induced psychosis
    Cillian O'Brien, Staff
    Published Tuesday, January 1, 2019 7:15AM EST

    With marijuana now legalized in Canada, a mental health charity has predicted a significant increase in cannabis-induced psychosis.

    The latest figures provided by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) reveal a steady rise in cases in recent years.

    According to the numbers, 373 people were discharged from hospitals across the country – excluding Ontario and Quebec – after receiving treatment for cannabis-induced psychosis in the 2012/13 fiscal year. That number increased to 723 cases in 2016/17.

    CIHI provided with data from the Hospital Mental Health Database.

    The figures also show that 455 people were discharged in 2013/14, 558 in the year 2014/15 and 616 in the year 2015/16.

    Chris Summerville, chief executive of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada (SSC), said his organization will look at U.S. states where marijuana is legal to study what happened there following the end of cannabis prohibition.

    "For a number of years we have been seeing more young people coming to use the services of the schizophrenia societies across Canada for cannabis-induced psychosis and schizophrenia,” Summerville told

    “We expect those numbers to increase significantly with legalization.”

    In Ontario, the number of discharges for teens aged 12 to 18 rose from 49 in 2012/13 to 66 in 2016/17. The institute didn’t have numbers to represent other age groups in Ontario, and Quebec figures were not available to the CIHI...

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