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With poisonings on the rise, parents reminded to lock up marjuana edibles

The Washington Poison Center is warning parents about an increase in calls about kids accidentally eating marijuana-edibles. 

A variety of candy-style products exist in the medical marijuana market. Marijuana-edibles can be found in a variety of shapes, sizes, and types that often resemble traditional candies and sweets in their product name and/or appearance, such as brownies, candy bars, cookies, and gummy bears. Both medical and recreational marijuana contain enough THC, the active chemical in marijuana, to cause symptoms in both kids and adults

"The percentage of marijuana exposures among kids ages 1-12 has increased since 2013 from 39% to 47% and represents an alarming trend,” said Dr. Alex Garrard, Clinical Managing Director of the Washington Poison Center.  “This may be due to marijuana edibles being more available, and the lack of child-resistant packaging,” added Garrard.

Parents, grandparents and caregivers are reminded to:

  • Make sure any marijuana products in the home are locked up and out of reach, just as you would with medications.
  • Throw away any candy your kids bring home if it has an unfamiliar brand name.

 Call the Washington Poison Center immediately at 1-800-222-1222  if you suspect an accidental poisoning from marijuana edibles.  Signs of poisoning include nausea and vomiting.  All calls are free, confidential and protected by the Good Samaritan Law.

For more information about marijuana edibles, visit the Poison Center website.