Since retail marijuana stores opened on July 7th, 2014, the Washington Poison Center (WAPC) has been closely monitoring the number of human exposures related to accidental or excessive consumption/inhalation of marijuana and marijuana edibles, particularly in the pediatric population. The WAPC has partnered with the Department of Health and Liquor Control Board to provide real-time surveillance on marijuana exposures in WA State to public health officials. This report serves to provide a running snapshot of current YTD exposure data compared to previous years and a pediatric age breakdown of the exposures being reported to the WAPC.
*Disclaimer: Reporting of exposures to the poison center is voluntary and not mandated by law. As such, WAPC data describes the number of calls called into the poison center and most likely is an under-representation of the true occurrence of any one substance.
For further information, contact Dr. Garrard at AGarrard@wapc.org or 206-517-2356.
Call the Washington Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 immediately for medical advice if you are worried about the health and safety of yourself, others or if your child has accidentally been exposed to liquid nicotine or an e-cigarette. All calls are free and confidential.