Cannabis use among children in the U.S. has surged by over 240% since 2000

Cannabis use among adolescents in the U.S. has shot up by over 240% since 2000, according to a new study that pointed out a “decline” in alcohol abuse over this period. The research, published recently in the journal Clinical Toxicology, shed more light on the recent trends of intentional substance misuse and abuse among school-aged children and adolescents in the U.S. In the study, scientists from Oregon Health and Science University in the U.S. tracked data on intentional misuse and abuse reported to the National Poison Data System (NPDS) until 2020. They found over 338,000 instances of intentional abuse or misuse among American children aged 6-18, of which 32% resulted in “worse than minor clinical outcomes.”