Trouble With Edibles in Maine?
For the past two years, emergency rooms across Maine have reported an increased number of cases in which the clinical notes for patients under 18 years mention marijuana use. This has happened about 25 times each month in 2020, compared to 20 incidents per month in the past three years.
Additionally, the number of calls to Maine’s Poison Control regarding childhood marijuana consumption has been steadily rising in the past five years.
According to the report, “In 2016, the Northern New England Poison Center received just two calls for Maine kids younger than 6 who had been exposed to marijuana. It then received 28 in 2019, 23 in 2020 and 29 through August of this year — with about 35 percent of those calls including moderate or serious health effects.”
Usually, the child’s exposure to marijuana had come from swallowing gummies, chocolates, or other edibles containing marijuana. The child, not knowing they weren’t consuming regular candy, would eat several edibles–or more–when the serving for an adult is one piece. This would cause the child to have extreme drowsiness, dizziness, anxiety, breathing trouble, hallucinations, or seizures.
Parents, health officials, and law enforcement are all calling for more safeguards so that children are not harmed by accidental consumption of edibles.
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