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EAST ALTON — In a second incident within about three weeks, a young child has found and eaten an adult cannabis “edible” in her home, according to authorities.

A woman in the 800 block of Pine Street in East Alton this week called 911 to report that her 2-year-old had consumed a tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) edible. East Alton firefighters examined the young girl, who was transported to a local hospital by Alton Memorial Ambulance for observation. 

On Sept. 26, Alton police were called to a house in the 200 block of West Seventh Street in Alton to check on the well-being of a 4-year-old girl who reportedly had consumed edibles.

It was unclear if the items contained THC or CBD, but Alton Fire Department paramedics were called to the house twice in 45 minutes out of an abundance of caution.

That child was not transported to a hospital. Authorities and her mother reportedly decided to let the girl sleep off the effects of the edible.  

THC poisoning a risk

Edibles are products infused with marijuana that people eat or drink rather than smoke. They are often made to look like sweets in the form of gummy candies, chocolate bars, cookies, chips and juices, according to WebMD, and should be kept out of the reach of children.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that edibles contain “high levels” of THC even for adults; their effects are hard to predict and can last longer than expected.

An edible can take 30 minutes to two hours to reach full effect. 

Consumption of an edible by a child can lead to THC poisoning. Symptoms of THC poisoning include intoxication, change in perception, slurred speech, a fast heart rate, intense sleepiness, trouble breathing, paranoia, nausea, dizziness and seizures.

Studies have shown that the likelihood of children eating edibles is twice as common in states that have legalized marijuana. Most reports involve children 3-5 years of age.

While there are no reported deaths in children from THC consumption, they can become very sick.

If you believe a child may have consumed an edible intended for adults, contact the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 or call 911.


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