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ER visits for children sickened from marijuana surged during the pandemic

The biggest jump was among kids under age 11, with a more than 200% increase from 2019 to 2022, the CDC found.

The number of young people consuming toxic levels of marijuana edibles or smoking pot to the point that they require emergency help shot up dramatically during the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.

While older teenagers accounted for the vast majority of cannabis-related ER visits, the most stunning increase was found among children under age 11: a 214% increase, on average, from 2019 to 2022.



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