Horsham District Wellbeing (HDW) is promoting cannabis advice services, as part of its ongoing No Need for Weed campaign.
A statement from the group said: “The No Need for Weed campaign was launched by the Horsham District Community Safety Partnership in early June after the findings of three years worth of police data were analysed.
“The partnership noticed a number of trends including:
“Significantly more cannabis related offences were recorded in the spring/summer months (March to August) compared to the autumn/winter months.
“Offenders [committing] cannabis crime peak in the 15 to 24 age group and tend to be predominantly male.
“Furthermore, some of the agencies which make up the partnership have registered concerns about the behaviour of certain young people with whom they have had contact and cannabis is often considered to be a common and contributory factor.
“Exhibited behaviours observed include a lack of motivation, tiredness, inability to concentrate and feeling anxious.
“There are plenty of different places to go for help in the local area and anyone interested in seeking advice, either on their own cannabis use or others’, is urged to get in touch.”
Horsham District Wellbeing lists organisations people can go to for help or advice:
- West Sussex Young Persons’ Substance Misuse Service (Under 19s) 01903 230600/07779 339954 or email email@example.com
- Addaction Crawley (18+) 01293 643870
- Your local GP (who can help put you in touch with the right people)
- FRANK – freephone 0800 776600 or visit www.talktofrank.com
- Horsham District Wellbeing – 01403 215111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Know Cannabis – www.knowcannabis.org.uk
- The Information Shop, Y Centre, Albion Way, Horsham 01403 213568 or email email@example.com
- Fearless – Young Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 or visit www.fearless.org
Greg Charman, community safety manager at Horsham District Council, said: “It is now widely accepted amongst medical experts that there is a correlation between long term mental health problems and early or sustained use of cannabis, which can affect an individual’s ability to reach their potential, causing a significant impact on a person’s life chances.
“The use of cannabis, as with any other illegal substance, is about people making decisions based on the risks verses the perceived rewards.
“The Community Safety Partnership’s summer awareness campaign aims to highlight the associated mental health risks with a particular focus on young people aged 14 to 25.
“In short, we want people to realise that using cannabis is not without risks to a person’s health and wellbeing.”