OAN Roy Francis
UPDATED 2:49 PM PT – Tuesday, January 3, 2023
More young children are getting sick from unintentionally eating marijuana edibles than ever before, according to a study published in journal Pediatrics on Tuesday.
The study showed that calls to poison control due to kids 5 and under consuming edibles containing THC rose from 207 in 2017 to 3,054 in 2021. That is a record 1,375% increase over the span of four years.
According to the study, 97% of children had found and consumed the edibles at home. The findings were based on more than 7,000 pediatric cases reported in the National Poison Data System.
Dr. Antonia Nemanich, an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine and Toxicology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, looked into the study. She said that this is a result of a combination of both more states legalizing recreational marijuana, and the Coronavirus pandemic, which resulted in more children staying at home with their parents.
Since edibles are usually packaged like sweets and candies, children unclear on what it is they are actually consuming, usually eat several at a time.