Legalization Side Effect: Little Kids Ingesting Pot
Colorado researcher sees spike in ER treatments
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2013 7:09 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Here's a consequence of the push for medical marijuana few thought about: More young kids are accidentally ingesting the stuff. A Colorado researcher determined that 14 children under the age of 12 were treated at one emergency room since 2009, when pot was legalized for medical use in the state, reports Reuters and ScienceAGogo (the latter with a "Honey, I baked the kids" headline). The number may not sound overwhelming, but consider that the total in the previous four years was ... zero.

Half the cases involved edible products, as in brownies, candy bars, or some other irresistible goodie with the marijuana baked right in. Eight of the kids were admitted to the hospital, and two ended up in the ICU. "The biggest thing we are concerned about is the level of sedation in these kids," says the Denver drug and poison researcher. "The things that we get scared of are, they get enough that they're so sleepy that it affects how they breathe, or they fall and hit their head."

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fuddled
Jun 3, 2013 7:57 PM CDT
no one even mentioned the fact that doctors are oh so willing to put a kid adult pet whatever into the most expensive treatments available to so called cure them would that kid have gone into the icu had we not greedy doctors no way in hell sure make it look like it'll kill ya wow cash cow folks both sides cash cow gravy train dea gravy train pot growers what a load of crap grow your own dude keep it private and under lock and key
19_56_19_55
May 30, 2013 9:04 AM CDT
The kids are not going to overdose on a pot brownie now I know a child can die from to much rum cake. PUT THAT IN YOUR PIPE AND SMOKE IT
woodybills
May 29, 2013 6:48 PM CDT
sounds like a brownie fix to me 14 kids last 4 year that's a big number 3.25 kids a year. how many kids was treated with beans in their ears