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Poison Center of Arizona reports 90% increase in pediatric marijuana ingestion in 2021

Ingestion in toddlers can lead to prolonged neurologic issues
Posted: 3:26 PM, Feb 17, 2022
Updated: 2022-02-18 18:51:20-05
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — The Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center and Banner Poison Control Center have reported that they have noticed a significant increase in calls related to marijuana from health care professionals.

The AzPDIC and BPCC say many of the calls are coming from the emergency rooms and involve toddlers accidentally being exposed to edible marijuana.

“Many of the accidental ingestions that we hear about involve little kids getting into edible marijuana products that look like candy or other snacks,” ”Learning about safe storage can save parents a ton of grief and prevent a trip to the hospital.”
Dr. Steven Dudley PharmD, DABAT Clinical Toxicologist Director of Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center

BPCC says exposure to edible marijuana products with toddlers age five or younger can lead to prolonged neurologic and respiratory depression that requires intubation.

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