Marijuana-Related Emergency Department Visits on the Rise

Man smoking marijuana
Man smoking marijuana
Marijuana-related emergency department visits have increased significantly in the past few years.

Cannabis use and abuse have increased significantly during the past few years, especially in states where use of the substance is now legal, new research suggests.

A retrospective study examining data from the US Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) showed that emergency department (ED) visits with International Classification of Diseases, 9th Edition (ICD-9) coding for cannabis use grew 50.4% between 2007 and 2012 in Colorado ― one of the first two states to legalize both medical and recreational use of marijuana.

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