Attorneys General Warn About Potted Products That Look Like Halloween Treats | Health Info
By Robert Preidt and Robin Foster, Health Day reporter
FRIDAY, October 28, 2021 (HealthDay News) – Just days before Halloween, several state attorneys general have issued warnings regarding cannabis edibles that look like candy and snacks.
“These similar cannabis products are unregulated, dangerous and illegal,” Connecticut Attorney General William Tong said in a statement. “Accidental overdoses of cannabis in children are on the rise across the country, and these products will only make the situation worse.”
Tong cited data from the American Association of Poison Control showing that during the first half of this year, there were more than 2,600 calls to poison hotlines involving young children using products containing the poison. cannabis. And children who had been exposed to marijuana-based foods made up 80% of poison center calls in the first nine months of 2020.
Parents must “take strict precautions to ensure that children do not have access to any product containing cannabis,” Tong said.
Cannabis edibles are “deceptively designed” to look like regular treats, New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement.
“These unregulated and deceptive cannabis products will only confuse and harm New Yorkers, which is why they have no place in our state,” added James. “It is essential that we limit their access to protect our communities and, in particular, our children. With the increase in accidental overdoses in children nationwide, it is more vital than ever that we do all we can to end this crisis and prevent further harm, even worse, death … I urge everyone to remain vigilant against these products and immediately report these harmful items to my office. “
Some of the snack-like cannabis products contain levels of THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) that exceed the maximum legal serving allowed for adults, state attorneys general noted.
Edibles containing marijuana pose a greater risk of poisoning and can cause serious injury, cause intoxicating effects that last longer, and be unpredictable, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CBS News reported. THC in edibles can make children “very sick” and in some cases require emergency room visits or hospitalization, the agency adds.
“Accidental overdoses of cannabis in children are on the rise across the country, and these similar products will only exacerbate the danger by attracting children and youth,” said Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, in a press release.
Loss of coordination, lethargy, respiratory distress, and loss of consciousness are symptoms of a THC overdose, Raoul said.
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