A chart in the study shows related ED visits post-legalization were also higher among those aged 50 to 59, but were about the same for those 60 and older and were lower for those aged 30 to 39 and 40 to 49.
According to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), most of the increase for visits of 18- to 29-year-olds revolved around observation within the ED. “Authors speculated that this subset of patients likely consists of “new users… seeking medical care as a result of unpleasant symptoms… which, ultimately, resolve on their own with time and reassurance,” NORML reports.
Overall, study results show that post-legalization, a larger portion of patients needed observation without interventions (25 per cent versus 48 per cent), bloodwork and imaging studies decreased (53 per cent versus 12 per cent) and treatment with benzodiazepines increased (24 per
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