The Results Showed That The Annual Number Of Visits With A Cannabis-related Diagnostic Code Or Positive Urine Drug Screen Tests Increased From 146 In 2005 To 639 In 2014.

If adolescents had an ICD-9 code for marijuana use or a positive urine toxicology screen for marijuana, the visit was considered marijuana-related and included in the study. The investigators also noted ED visits where psychiatry consultation was performed, for both drug use or behavioral health concerns. To adjust for yearly changes in volume, they reported annual visit data as total number of visits and as visits per 1,000. During the study period, 3,443 patients were evaluated in the ED or urgent care center for marijuana-use. The results showed that the annual number of visits with a cannabis-related diagnostic code or positive urine drug screen tests increased from 146 in 2005 to 639 in 2014. Of the total number of patients, 66% of adolescents also received psychiatry consultation, with the annual number of consultations increasing from 65 to 442 during the study period. More than half of adolescents colorado marijuana with symptoms of mental illness also tested positive for other drugs, such as ethanol, amphetamines, benzodiazepines, opiates and cocaine. The rate of visitation per 1,000 ED/urgent care visits rose from 0.95 per 1,000 visits in 2009 to 4.01 visits per 1,000 visits in 2015. “The state-level effect of marijuana legalization on adolescent use has only begun to be evaluated,” Wang said in a press release.

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