Pediatric Poisoning

Pediatric cannabis exposures reported to MI poison center after medical marijuana legalization

  • Three Key Points
  1. States, where marijuana was legalized or decriminalized, have continued to show a concomitant rise in pediatric cannabis exposures and increases in emergency department visits or hospitalizations despite attempts to place in opaque, child-resistant packaging.  A doubling of events every 2.1 years was seen in Michigan.
  2. In reported single substance exposures to the Michigan poison center, marijuana ingestion was the most common route of exposure (76.8%) with edibles products being the most prevalent (69.4%) at a median exposure age of 5 years old.
  3. Both ingestion and inhalational exposures can lead to anxiety, panic attacks, psychosis, altered mental status, dangerous behaviors, and a number of other health and psychiatric effects.