Health workers in Illinois are warning adults to keep edibles of marijuana away from children after a “surprising” surge in the number of incidental consumption.
From 2017 to 2021, the number of reported edible cannabis exposures for children under the age of 5 in Illinois increased from 5 to 232, a 4,500% increase. Most of the increase occurred during the 2020-2021 pandemic period. Illinois will legalize recreational marijuana in 2020.
nationallyresearchers found that the number of cases increased from 207 in 2017 to 3,054 in 2021, an almost 14-fold increase.
“We are experiencing an increase in poison center calls and hospital visits involving children who have unintentionally consumed cannabis food,” it said. Illinois Poison Center One of the study’s authors, Dr. Michael Wahl, Dean of Medicine, said: “The IPC advises parents to keep THC foods out of reach of children and to avoid buying foods that look like candy or candy that children want to eat. Unintentional ingestion of has caused mild to severe reactions in children, including vomiting, seizures, and coma.”
As the Tribune first reported last year, the number of cannabis-related calls from people of all ages to the Illinois Poisons Center has increased from 487 in 2019 to 743 in 2020. 2021. Most of the calls concerned unintentional food consumption by people who did not know what they were eating.
Most cases were not severe and were resolved over the phone, but some required hospitalization until the effect wears off.
Addiction centers have provided the following tips to keep children safe.
Store other foods, such as weed gummies and medicines, in child-safe containers out of reach of children, not in the kitchen.
Store in opaque containers, not transparent containers such as baggies.
Don’t buy food packaged like candy.
Do not consume THC products in front of children.
Ask family members, friends and caregivers to follow these guidelines as well.