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According to the statistical review done, almost half of the patients seen in the children’s hospital in Colorado in the couple years after legalization had recreational marijuana exposure which thus confirmed the answer to the question, yes.

 

With over 20 states having already passed medical marijuana legislation and over 3 passing recreational usage of the plant, it is no secret that this topic is one of contention. Among all the states, Colorado stands out as being one of the pioneers since it sanctioned the use of the medical properties of the drug in 2000. Both medical and recreational marijuana is available in a variety of forms and products; for example, infused in food, cigarettes and among other goods.

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement reaffirming its opposition to the legalization of marijuana while citing the potential harm to adolescents and children being the most important reason. States guilty of decriminalizing marijuana have demonstrated an increase in emergency visits as well as regional poison center (RPC) cases. In the study, ‘Unintentional Pediatric Exposures to Marijuana in Colorado, 2009-2015’, pediatric marijuana exposure was evaluated at children’s hospitals and RPCs before and after recreational legalization.

A retrospective group study was done between January 2009 and December 2015 of RPC cases and hospital admissions. The main hospital involved was Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora. The ages of the participants ranged from 0-9 and were evaluated at the urgent care center, emergency department of the hospital as well as other units for RPC cases for single substance marijuana exposures.

The outcome regarding pediatric marijuana exposure lucidly illustrated a significant increase in the visits and population rates in 2 years at the children’s hospital after legalization compared with the two years prior. It is also important to note that the RPC exposure call average also went up. Due to the fact that unintentional pediatric marijuana exposure after the legalization has increased, other states must try to be cautious in their approach and preventative measure evaluations.

in the visits and population rates in 2 years at the children’s hospital after legalization compared with the two years prior. It is also important to note that the RPC exposure call average also went up. Due to the fact that unintentional pediatric marijuana exposure after the legalization has increased, other states must try to be cautious in their approach and preventative measure evaluations.

 

 

 

Written By: Tarique Plummer, BSc Hons Biochemistry & Biotechnology

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