Children as young as nine are being admitted to hospital with severe disorders caused by cannabis, figures reveal.
More than 3,400 patients under the age of 19 were admitted last year because of mental and behavioural illnesses triggered by the drug.
Doctors are seeing a ‘whole new generation’ with serious problems, who are increasingly buying cannabis via social media websites.
James Hamilton, pictured aged 11 with his retired teacher mum Janie, became addicted to cannabis when he was 14 years old and developed psychosis and depression
James died in July 2015 after refusing treatment for his testicular cancer
NHS figures show that admissions for disorders caused by the drug among under-19s have risen by 38 per cent since 2013/14, and by 10 per cent in the past year alone.
While boys account for the majority of cases, girls are catching up.
And the figures…