‘Pot Proofing’ Your Home, Kids To Marijuana
Take A Look Around…How Safe Is Your Home?
Take a few minutes and do a quick “safety” inventory of your home. Would you consider your home safe if a toddler or an aging senior relative came for a visit or even an extended stay?
We all move through the “circle of life” bouncing into early adulthood with a devil may care attitude, eventually we may find ourselves married with a new baby on the way thinking we made a wonderful decision moving into a two story home with a swimming pool. What could be better?
Soon after the baby arrives we find ourselves baby-proofing our home. We also refer to it as child-proofing…but probably a better description might be just safety-proofing. Certainly safety-proofing covers all age groups and home injuries do not discriminate by age. Any one of any age can tumble down a staircase, or lose their footing on a beautiful throw rug, fall into a pool, be scalded in a shower, hit a sharp corner on a piece of furniture, touch a hot cooking surface, and, yes, get their hands on a drug (prescription or otherwise) that is not intended for their use.
Have You “Pot Safety-Proofed” Your Home?
This is not a rhetorical question. Before the age of medical marijuana and the legalization of marijuana use in a variety of states and territories, marijuana was something, that if we possessed it at all, we were duly secretive and careful to minimize the possibility of a child, senior adult or pet accessing it.
But in this new age, it is imperative that we be informed and complete our own due diligence:
- Encourage safety-proof packaging for products which include cannabis.
- Understandthe risks imposed on children, teenagers and young adults who engage in cannabis use.
Colorful Infographic “Pot-Proofing Kids”
In a recent Addiction Treatment Magazine article “Pot-Proofing Kids” Dr. David Sack Elements Behavioral Health CEO was featured along with a link to his Los Angeles Times Op-ED. Addiction Treatment Magazine article includes a colorful infographic which was created by Elements Behavioral Health as a tool for parents to understand the new accessibility of marijuana, how dangerous it can be, the new potency levels of cannabis, and moving forward with better education.
This Pot-Proofing Kids infographic is a timely tool for all of us to use when we do a home safety walk-thru and inventory. Here are some valuable pointers provided:
- Between the states who allow for medical marijuana and those states who have legalized marijuana the availability has been increased for children.
- In states that have decriminalized marijuana emergency calls for accidental ingestion have increased every year by anywhere from 11.5% per year to 30.3% per year.
- Accidental ingestion can occur as a result of tempting colorful packaging of items like candy bars, cookies, gummy candies and lollipops.
- Both Colorado and Washington have put in place packaging rules to help avoid accidental ingestion.
- Education is the key to pot-proofing kids
New Study Examines The Health Risk Of Cannabis
This past month the results of a 20 years study were published in the journal Addiction: “What has research over the past two decades revealed about the adverse health effects of recreations cannabis use?”
Global News reported on the study’s results:
- Regular use of the drug by teens impairs intellectual development
- Regular use doubles the risk of developing psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia.
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Some Final Thoughts…
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