Children Involved In Marijuana-Related Calls To Oregon Poison Center

The issue of children accidentally ingesting marijuana infused edibles is a top concern for public health officials.

OREGON:  Eleven preschool-aged children were treated at Oregon healthcare facilities for marijuana ingestion in 2014, according to Oregon Poison Center data.

The previous year, seven children younger than 5 were treated at a healthcare facility after ingesting cannabis. In 2012, the number was 10.

The Oregon Poison Center, a statewide agency, does not track the types of marijuana ingested – whether the child ate a marijuana-infused edible or some other form of the drug — or the circumstances around the incident.

“These are small numbers,” said Dr. Zane Horowitz, medical director of the Oregon Poison Center as well as a medical toxicologist and an emergency room physician. “There are about 10 young children under the age of 5 per year, most likely inadvertently getting into marijuana that’s left unattended and unsecured.”

 

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