Englandâ„¢s chief medical officer has come clean on her use of the illicit drug cannabis, while she was at university and calls the narcotic a Å“medical problem”.
Professor Dame Sally Davies, admitted to using the drug at an interview on BBC Radio 3â„¢s Private Passions on Sunday.
She admits she took cookies spiked with cannabis three or four times in the late 1960â„¢s – early 1970â„¢s, while at Manchester University, but stopped after experiencing hallucinations..
“I never smoked so I couldn’t smoke joints but I did have some cookies, until on the third or fourth occasion I had hallucinations and I’ve never touched it since,” she explained.
Englandâ„¢s top medical advisor believes the government needs to consider the drugâ„¢s effect as a health issue of addiction, whereas it currently sees any use of the substance solely as a crime.
“Of course it’s a medical problem, I mean addiction is a medical problem, and it becomes a public health problem and then our society is choosing to treat that as a criminal justice issue,” the 63-year-old said.
Illicit drug use is a major problem for UK law enforcement, where users can conceal the drug cannabis as a cigarette or even use it as an ingredient in baked cookies.
The drug has been widely linked to psychological problems, where an effect of the drug causes some people to experience heightened paranoia and temporal psychosis.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists says around two million people in the UK have taken cannabis, where half of all 16 to 29-year-olds have used it at least once.
Republished from: Press TV