A lot of states in the United States are passing laws to make marijuana use legal either for recreational or medical purposes. While there is an ongoing controversy surrounding the beneficial effects of the drug, what is certain is that a regular use or abuse of pot can be detrimental to both physical and mental health. With an increased availability of cannabis-infused edibles across most U.S. states, the day is not far when such products will be available in every nook and corner of the nation.
Recently, six employees at the Statesville hospital reportedly fell sick after consuming cookies and muffins laced with cannabis. According to the Statesville Police Department, an employee of the Davis Regional Medical Center had brought these baked cookies to work, however, he was unaware that the sweets contained cannabis.
The victims were immediately rushed to the emergency department for treatment. As per the medical records, all six had ingested tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the main psychoactive component found in marijuana. On further investigation, the police discovered that the cookies were baked in cannabis-infused oil, although they were not intended for the hospital staff.
Although useful in treating chronic pain, long-term or continued use of marijuana can lead to dependence and addiction to the drug. The fact that marijuana use is prevalent in the U.S. is evident as per the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), statistics which show that more than 22 million Americans aged 12 or older were using cannabis in 2015.
According to a 2013 report by the Trust for America’s Health, North Carolina was ranked as the 30th state with the highest drug overdose mortality rate in the country. The report also suggested that approximately 11.4 per 100,000 people in North Carolina suffered from drug overdose fatalities.
While a number of factors such as stress, environmental factors, and lack of awareness, could be responsible for overdose-related deaths, easy availability of illicit substances is one of the key drivers for such accidental deaths in different parts of the country.
Abusing marijuana can lead to short-term effects such as altered senses, changed mood, etc., as well as long-term effects, such as impaired thinking, memory and learning functions. If a person is grappling with marijuana abuse, he/she should immediately seek professional assistance. One should understand that pot addiction can be treated with medical intervention.
Substance abuse gradually makes the user tolerant to the drug that eventually leads to addiction. Today, addiction is considered a mental disorder as it rewires the brain and makes changes in functioning and structuring of the brain. So, if you or someone you know is addicted to some kind of substance, contact the 24/7 Recovery Helpline to get in touch with the best substance abuse treatment centers in the U.S. Call us at our 24/7 helpline number 855-441-4405 or chat online with one of our experts to know about the best drug rehab centers in your vicinity.