It looks as though Canadian teens might be treating cannabis as more than just a medical or recreational drug. As a matter of fact, there’s a new report that says an alarming number of teens in Canada are being treated for Cannabis-related sicknesses. This comes after the country decided to legalize the controversial drug just last October.
The Huffington Post writes that there’s a number of kids under the age of 18 who have accidentally consumed edibles or have had accidental exposure to cannabis in the last year. In many of these instances, the cannabis belonged to either a parent or a caregiver.
If that weren’t enough, the Canadian Pediatric Surveillance Program also says that they have collected 16 reported cases of serious events that involved recreational cannabis. This occurred during September and October of last year.
While details of the reports have not been made available to the press, this is enough for parents and health professionals to be concerned about the use of cannabis and especially when small children are present. Pediatrician Christina Grant says that many parents and adults need to be mindful and that they also need to make sure that children and teens are made aware of the drug, what it can do, the harmful effects it has and better yet, how to identify it.
Dr. Grant said, “The number of cases involving young children is striking. These early results highlight the urgency of prioritizing the needs of children and youth in policy and education initiatives, especially as edibles become legalized later this year.”
A two-year study, which is currently being conducted by the Canadian Pediatric Surveillance Program, will conclude by the end of 2020. The preliminary report was released this past week, with researchers adding that more details from several other research projects are also underway.
Of course, that’s not the only thing that has many health and pediatric professionals concerned about the youth in Canada. A separate study also suggests that non-Type 1 diabetes is on the rise among young people, too. There have been a reported 266 cases in 2018.
Among those cases, about 71 percent of them had childhood-onset Type 2-diabetes. There’s also another survey that says parents should be mindful of teething necklaces and bracelets, as there have been repeated cases of strangulation, choking and accidental swallowing. Pediatricians suggest that a parent or caregiver be present at all times when a child is wearing a teething necklace or any piece of jewelry.