Health authority warns Clarendon residents about ganja use and schizophrenia
Shanique Samuels, Gleaner Writer
The South East Regional Health Authority has warned residents of Clarendon to take seriously the link between using marijuana and the onset of schizophrenia.
Officials from the authority noted the seriousness of the disease during a sensitisation programme in the parish yesterday.
Mental Health Officer, Fay Robinson-Tee, pointed out that young people who use ganja put themselves at risk of developing mental issues such as schizophrenia.
Robinson-Tee says using ganja at an early age has been found to affect young people’s performance and behaviour in school.
She pointed out that mental health and in particular schizophrenia affects a wide age group but the peak age of onset of the disease is between the ages of 15 and 28 years old in both males and females.
According to the mental health officer, one to two persons per 100 suffers from schizophrenia nationally.
It is against that background that the South East Regional Health Authority is urging persons to reduce their exposure to reduce risk factors.
The authority is also appealing for those who are affected with mental illness to seek help.
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