Rate of Poison Center Calls for Unintentional Pediatric Marijuana Exposures More Than Tripled in States That Decriminalized Marijuana Before 2005

March 17, 2014 0

There were 985 calls to U.S. poison centers for unintentional marijuana exposure in children ages 9 and younger between 2005 and 2011, according to an analysis of data from the National Poison Data System (NPDS). While this number is relatively low, the rate of calls in states that had passed legislation legalizing marijuana use for recreational or medicinal purposes before 2005 more than tripled over this period, increasing from 3.9 calls per 100,000 population in […]

Representative Yingling Holds First Youth Heroin Use Task Force Hearing

March 10, 2014 0

This is from the Grayslake Patch. SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Hainesville, convened the very first hearing of the newly formed Youth Heroin Use Task Force yesterday in Springfield. The task force is the product of legislation Yingling passed last session creating the committee to study heroin use in young adults across the state. The principal goal of the committee is to reduce and prevent heroin use in teens and young adults in […]