Published by the American Academy of Pediatrics studyThe peer-reviewed study describes in its flagship journal an alarming increase in incidents of children accidentally injecting cannabis, a 1.375% increase between 2017-2021.
Researchers collecting data for a study in the journal Pediatrics evaluated trends in incidental cannabis use among children under six years of age in the United States. About 23% of reported cases resulted in hospitalization of a child.
Survey statistics were obtained National Poison Data System, A total of 7,043 incidents occurred over five years, and most exposures occurred in a residential setting (approximately 98%).
The dramatic increase in the number of kids finding the stuff in mom and dad’s stash may be due to the rapidly growing number of Americans who have access to legal recreational marijuana. According to the US Census, the population of freely accessible recreational gemstones has increased by 95%, from approximately 69 million in 2017 to 134 million in 2021.
In other countries, including Canada, there has been an increase in incidents of children accidentally eating some potent cannabis brownie or something. A 2019 study by the Canadian Pediatric Society found that there were a total of 16 serious cases of accidental cannabis use over a four-month period in 2018.
“The number of cases involving young children is shocking,” said Dr. Christina Grant, a pediatrician in Hamilton, Ontario and co-principal investigator of the study.
“These preliminary findings highlight the urgency of prioritizing the needs of children and youth in education and policy efforts, especially as edibles become legal later this year,” Grant added.
(Rowan Donne on Mugglehead 05/01/2023)
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