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From the Hysterical Headlines Department August 18, 2019

Posted by geoff in News.

Every time I see a headline and lede like this:

Pot poisonings among kids, teens double after medical marijuana law passed

Calls related to cannabis exposure increased 140 percent in the years after Massachusetts voted to legalize medical pot in 2012, according to data from the state’s regional poison control center.

…it immediately makes me wonder: well, how many kids are we talking about? Is it really a significant number?

During the study period, poison control received 218 calls from Massachusetts involving pot exposure in children and teens.

And what was the length of the study period?

8 years.

I’m gonna say that in a population of about 6,500,000, an average of 27 calls per year is not a huge emergency.

Especially when the leading category of calls for kids under 6 is “Cosmetics/Personal Care Products.” Remembering that on average through the study there were 27 marijuana calls per year for kids AND teens, how many cosmetics calls do you think they got in 2016 for just kids under 5?



1. Mark in NJ - August 27, 2019

Reefer madness never dies

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