Marijuana - AUGUST 2003 Marijuana-related Emergency...

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In Brief n According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN), marijuana is the most frequently reported drug in emergency department (ED) visits related to drug abuse in youth age 12 to 19. n In 2001, youth age 12 to 19 made an estimated 26,706 ED visits related to the abuse of marijuana or marijuana with other substances. 1 More than 60 percent (16,516) of these visits involved youth age 12 to 17. n From 1994 to 2001, youth age 18 to 19 had the highest rates of marijuana-related ED visits per 100,000 population; adults age 35 and over had the lowest rates. Rates for youth age 12 to 17 fell between these two extremes. n The rate of marijuana-related ED visits 2 among youth has been increasing. For youth age 12 to 17, the rate of marijuana-related ED visits rose 126 percent from 1994 to 2001, while their overall rate of drug-related ED visits was stable. For youth age 18 to 19, the rate of marijuana-related visits increased 149 percent over this time period. n More than half of marijuana-related ED visits among youth age 12 to 17 involve other drugs, 3 particularly alcohol, cocaine, and amphetamines. n When marijuana alone was implicated in the ED visit, psychic effects was the most commonly cited motive for using the drug (in 60% of cases for youth age 12 to 17), and unexpected reaction was the most commonly cited reason for the ED visit (40% of cases). 1 The number of DAWN visits does not represent individuals because a patient may make multiple visits to an ED. 2 Rates are expressed as the number of ED visits per 100,000 population in the age group. 3 Up to 4 drugs plus alcohol may be reported for a single visit. Marijuana-related Emergency Department Visits by Youth AUGUST 2003 FIGURE 1 Marijuana in ED visits related to drug abuse, by age: 2001 Rates per 100,000 population 35-97 26-34 20-25 18-19 12-17 All ages 100 75 50 25 0 125 150 44 68 146 87 83 25
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2 THE DAWN REPORT AUGUST 2003 Marijuana is more frequently reported than other drugs in ED visits among youth. Marijuana abuse by youth is a major and growing problem in the U.S. An estimated 3.6 million youth age12to17reportedus ing marijuana in 2001, 4 an increase of 14 percent since 2000. Patients who present to hospital EDs for problems related to marijuana abuse represent only a small fraction of users. Still, in ED visits related to drug abuse, DAWN finds that marijuana is reported more frequently than any other drugforyouthage12to19
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