Cannabis exposures in suspected suicide attempts are on the rise

Cannabis exposures in suspected suicide attempts are on the rise

A study led by Washington State University has found that suspected suicidal cannabis exposures have increased 17% annually over the last 12 years. The study analyzed data from US poison centers and found that 92% of the attempts involved other substances as well as cannabis. The study cannot confirm a direct causal link between cannabis and suicide attempts, but the findings are concerning, particularly as the increase was more pronounced among children and women during and after the pandemic. The study’s authors emphasized that there is already ample evidence that cannabis use has significant implications for mental health, particularly among younger people, and that there is a need for more mental health services to address this issue. Janessa Graves, the study’s first author, also emphasized the importance of limiting youth access to cannabis and educating kids and parents on the risks of cannabis use.

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