Image: California “weed nun” India Delgado, who goes by the name Sister Eevee, carries hemp at Sisters of the Valley near Merced “The perception of risk has gone down quite a bit,” Wang told NBC News. “We know that marijuana use at a young age can affect adolescent brains.” Related: More Children Dying From Opioid Overdoses Colorado legalized medical marijuana use in 2010 and made the recreational use of marijuana legal in 2014. Other studies have shown that ER visits involving marijuana use went up after those dates, especially among children and tourists visiting Colorado. Cannabis is legal for medical use in 28 states and Washington, D.C. , and eight states plus D.C. have legalized the recreational use of marijuana and marijuana-derived products. Wang and colleagues looked at the university hospital’s emergency department and urgent care records between 2005 and 2015 for the study, presented to a meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies in San Francisco. Related: Marijuana Users Risk Schizophrenia They found 3,443 ER visits by 13- to 21-year-olds to six ERs and urgent care centers over that time. Two-thirds involved psychiatric symptoms, Wang said. More than half also had evidence of other drugs in their systems as well, including alcohol, amphetamines and cocaine.

To read more visit http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/er-visits-kids-rise-significantly-after-pot-legalized-colorado-n754781

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