(HealthDay)—Emergency room admissions for toddlers accidentally intoxicated by marijuana increased 133 percent over a decade in France, a new study finds.
With more states legalizing medical and recreational use of marijuana, U.S. experts say the French findings are highly relevant in the United States as well.
“The data was pretty concerning, but certainly not surprising,” said Dr. Allen Dozor, who wasn’t involved in the research. He directs the Children’s Environmental Health Center of the Hudson Valley in Valhalla, N.Y.
“There’s more cannabis [marijuana] around and what have we learned? Again, for the thousandth time, young children are incredibly sensitive to toxins,” Dozor added. “As drugs go, cannabis is pretty well-tolerated, but not in a kid who’s a year old.”
Cannabis use is illegal in France, but it is still the highest drug-consuming country in Europe, according to study documents. Users are mainly young adults and teenagers. Much of the supply is in resin…