Doctor Reports Spike in ER Visits Since Legalization of Recreational Marijuana

Doctors in the city said they`re still running the numbers but have seen a spike in ER visits since the state legalized recreational marijuana (Dana Rebik/WGN News).

Arlington Heights firefighter/paramedics and Schaumburg firefighter/paramedics have already responded to EMS calls involving marijuana-related symptoms. In fact, an Arlington Heights incident involved patients reporting symptoms just before marijuana was legal in Illinois.

WGN’s Dana Rebik reports that ER visits have spiked at University of Illinois Chicago at 1740 West Taylor Street in Chicago. Dr. Trevonne Thompson worked New Year’s Eve into New Year’s Day said he definitely saw an increase in marijuana-related incidents.

Dr. Thompson said symptoms observed were palpitations, anxiety, and even full-on psychosis.

In the first state that legalized marijuana, Dr. Andrew Monte of the Colorado University School of Medicine said that cannabis edibles lead to more adverse drug events that end up sending people to the emergency department compared to inhaled products.

A 4-year study at the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver showed that marijuana related incidents tripled after the state .

One hospital received 2500 patients with symptoms, such as severe vomiting, anxiety and psychosis saw 2500 cases. Three deaths were linked to edible THC products in Colorado.

In Massachusetts, calls to poison control centers have doubled since marijuana was legalized, with a dramatic increases in pediatric cases.

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