Study: Tourist Pot Complaints Up At Colorado Emergency Rooms
Colorado’s tourists aren’t just buying weed now that it’s legal – they’re ending up in emergency rooms at rates far higher than residents.
That’s according to a study that will be published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Doctors reviewed marijuana-related emergency-room admissions at a hospital near Denver International Airport during 2014, the first year recreational pot sales became legal.
The physicians found that the rate of emergency-room visits possibly related to marijuana doubled among out-of-state residents.
Among Colorado residents, the rate of emergency-room visits possibly related to cannabis use did not change significantly between 2013 and 2014.
The doctors say there needs to be more education about pot aimed at visitors.