AAP Addresses Rising Risks to Youth From New Marijuana Laws

Share this content:
AAP Addresses Rising Risks to Youth From New Marijuana Laws
AAP Addresses Rising Risks to Youth From New Marijuana Laws

MONDAY, Feb. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a clinical report published online Feb. 27 in Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers guidance to pediatricians regarding the increased dangers faced by children and teens since the legalization of marijuana in many states.

The clinical report attempts to challenge any perceptions that marijuana is safe, even as 29 states and Washington, D.C., allow its use for medical purposes, recreational use, or both. Regular use of marijuana by adolescents may contribute to addiction, depression, psychosis, lung problems, memory and attention problems, and impaired driving, the AAP said. The academy recommends that pediatricians screen teens and preteens for substance abuse. If the children are found to be using drugs, doctors should suggest treatment options.

The AAP recommends that doctors urge parents not to use marijuana around their children. "Parents who use marijuana themselves may not fully realize the effect this can have on their children," Sheryl Ryan, M.D., lead author of the report and chairperson of the academy's Committee on Substance Use and Prevention, said in an AAP news release. "Seeing parents use marijuana makes kids more likely to use it themselves, whether or not their parents tell them not to, because actions speak louder than words."

Ryan also cautioned about the potential of exposing children to secondhand smoke or, if they eat edible products, of accidentally poisoning their children. And parents who are high might not be able to keep their children safe, she added.

Abstract/Full Text

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »


Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

More in Home

Progress Made on Genetic Test for Anal Cancer

Progress Made on Genetic Test for Anal Cancer

But research is still in early stages

Four Separate Events Led to Zika's Introduction Into Florida

Four Separate Events Led to Zika's Introduction Into ...

Virus strains came from the Caribbean and Latin America, researchers say

New Health Care Act Could Result in 23 Million Losing Insurance

New Health Care Act Could Result in 23 ...

While premiums may lower over the long-term, many would face much higher out-of-pocket costs

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »