Marijuana-Related Calls to Poison Control Centers in Colorado and Washington Rise

More people have been calling poison control centers in Colorado and Washington state since recreational marijuana became legal for adults 21 and older in those states, the Associated Press reports.

Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center received 151 calls for marijuana exposure in 2014, up from 88 calls in 2013 and 61 in 2012. Calls about exposure to marijuana combined with other drugs rose to 70, from 39 the previous year. The Washington Poison Center received 246 calls for marijuana exposure last year, compared with 158 in 2013, the AP noted.

Calls regarding young children accidentally eating marijuana edibles nearly doubled in both states. In 2014, Washington poison centers received 48 calls involving children 12 and under, while Colorado received 45 calls involving children 8 and under.

Full story of marijuana-related calls to poison control centers at drugfree.org

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Will Savage

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