Monitoring the Future,* the nation’s annual survey of students, reported today marijuana use in 8th, 10th and 12th grades was higher than last year. The survey also found that students in medical marijuana law states vaped marijuana at higher rates than students in other states, and consumed pot edibles (that can come in candies, sodas, or ice-creams) at double the rate than in non-medical marijuana law states. The survey does not include youth who drop out of school.
Misuse of prescription opioids continued its 10-year decline. Virtually all other substances are at their lowest point in the history of the survey. The contrast is very significant, because many people think the overprescribing of opioids is the only reason our youth die of drug abuse. They fail to reflect on the fact that early marijuana use is a predictor of other substance abuse. Continue reading Annual Survey Shows Marijuana Use Up Among Grades 8, 10, & 12
As of this week, marijuana-infused gummy bears can no longer be sold in Colorado. On October 1, a law banned marijuana treats in the shape of animal, people or otherwise designed to appeal to children. Smart Colorado, a non-profit group, worked diligently to pass child protection laws.
As Colorado tightens restrictions on the sale of marijuana edibles, the problems with pot candies have reached other states. Children all around the country have accidentally eaten pot-infused sweets and turned up in hospital emergency rooms. Continue reading Marijuana gummy bears make children sick throughout country
A case study published in August reports that there has been a pediatric death from cannabis exposure. An 11-month-old male baby in Colorado died of cardiac arrest related to cannabis exposure. Thomas Nappe, DO, and Christopher Hoyte, MD, explained the incident in Clinical Practices and Cases in Emergency Medicine, August 2017
Before hospitalization, the patient had been lethargic for two hours when he woke up one morning. Then he had a seizure. Continue reading Pediatric Death from Cannabis Exposure Reported