More Kids Now Accidentally Exposed To Edible Marijuana Poisoning

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:

George Sam Wang MD FAAP Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Section of Emergency Medicine, Medical Toxicology Department of Pediatrics University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Children's Hospital Colorado

Dr. Wang

George Sam Wang MD FAAP
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Section of Emergency Medicine, Medical Toxicology
Department of Pediatrics
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Children’s Hospital Colorado

MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study?

Response: Many states have allowed medical and now recreational marijuana. The impact on pediatric population has not been fully described.

MedicalResearch.com: What are the main findings?

Response: Unintentional exposures presenting to our children’s hospital and calls to our regional poison center significantly increased after our state allowed recreational marijuana.

MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?

Response: Exposures in children are increasing in our state that allows medical and recreational Marijuana, many were edible products. Marijuana products should be treated like medications and household products in home and properly and safely stored. States looking to legalize marijuana need to consider safety rules and regulations during rule making processes.

MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Response: We must continue surveillance on the impact of marijuana on the pediatric population from all aspects and all ages.

Citation:

Wang G, Le Lait M, Deakyne SJ, Bronstein AC, Bajaj L, Roosevelt G. Unintentional Pediatric Exposures to Marijuana in Colorado, 2009-2015. JAMA Pediatr.Published online July 25, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.0971.

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