[B]A LEADING children's charity says parents in an impoverished western Sydney suburb are giving cannabis to children as young as six to "keep them quiet".[/B]
Counsellors at the Mount Druitt branch of the renowned Ted Noffs Foundation say the disturbing practice is becoming a trend.
"We are seeing six-year-olds being given bongs by their families to keep them quiet, stop them crying, or put them to sleep," clinical psychologist Michael Kirton told [I][URL="http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/"][COLOR=#800080]The Sunday Telegraph[/COLOR][/URL][/I].
"Our counsellors see it being used more and more as a way for families to control the kids and make life easier for the parents."
Mount Druitt and the suburbs flanking it have an average unemployment rate of 20 per cent, which is among the highest in the country.
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