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Marijuana edibles linked to increased poison center calls for kids

Nationally, calls to poison control centers due to children, under age six, eating marijuana edibles increased by over 6-fold from 2017 to 2021. Three years was the median age for these marijuana edible exposure calls. Two-year olds were the largest group, accounting over 25 percent of all pediatric edible exposure calls. The authors note that of all pediatric marijuana edible exposure calls, about 20 percent were admitted for treatment while about one-third were treated and released from an Emergency Department (ED).

This report was prepared by physicians (M. Tweet, MD, A. Nemanish, MD, and M. Wahl, MD) of several Emergency Medicine Departments in Illinois and the Illinois Poison Center in Chicago.   

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