CDC: Marijuana is sending more kids to the emergency room, and the trend started before COVID
Healthcare data tie the coronavirus pandemic to increased substance use among young people. That includes cannabis.
But a new CDC report also shows that emergency department visits related to cannabis began ramping up years before COVID.
Almost 19% of kids 12 and under in the U.S. used cannabis in 2021.
Expanding legalization has coincided with lower risk perception and more cannabis-related ED visits among children and young teens.
During the pandemic, more than one-quarter of ED visits among people 25 and younger occurred in the 15–24 age group.
The data also showed a large uptick in visits among children 10 and younger and in the 11–14 age group.
The authors recommend locking and storing cannabis away from children and suggest communities implement evidence-based programs to help young people cope with stressors and problems.