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‘Medibles’ blamed for marijuana spike in kids

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SEATTLE — The region’s poison control chief says marijuana-infused treats are primarily to blame for a spike of ER visits among children.

ediblesDr. William Hurley, director of the Washington Poison Control Center and emergency room doctor at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, wrote the editorial for a new Colorado-based study on the topic.

The study showed that 14 kids were treated at Colorado hospitals for symptoms related to marijuana overdose since 2009, when medical marijuana laws were relaxed. Half of those patients were linked to marijuana-infused foods, known as edibles.

Hurley didn’t author the study, but admits that he’s seen similar cases in Seattle. He fears the use of these so called “medibles,” some made to look exactly like popular snacks, will lead to even more cases of childhood exposure.

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  • jim

    And the typical overdose response is a long nap. Don't really see a problem here. Not advocating minors use it in any form, but considering the wide range of things that kids can get into from their parents (pain meds, anxiety meds, antidepressents, etc… or the naturally made drugs like cocaine, heroin, etc…) marijuana overdose is preferable to more than a few of these others, which will in fact kill you by overdosing..

  • Kathryn

    It's kinda alarming that marijuana is now infused with edible products. Parents should be aware of what their children is taking and checking the label of any goods can be a good habit for safety.

    • HighKush420

      Are you kidding me or are you really just that stupid? Pot has been infused with edible products since the 60's and probably even earlier. Marijuana is no stranger to the public. It has many beneficial properties that have helped thousands of millions of people who know it or may not know it. And if the parents wouldn't freak out and let their kids relax if they accidentally ate marijuana infused products then everything would be fine. I am not advocating for kids to use weed but there is no harm in edibles infused with pot.

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