The U.S. Surgeon General has issued a warning about the potential health risks of marijuana use in adolescence and during pregnancy. The warning, which states that no amount of marijuana use during pregnancy or adolescence is known to be safe, comes after recent increases in access to marijuana, and long term trends in higher potency. The Surgeon General notes a 2018 recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics against marijuana use during pregnancy based on concerns for its potential impact on the developing fetus. He also cites research suggesting that frequent marijuana use during adolescence is associated with changes in the areas of the brain involved in attention, memory, decision-making, and motivation, and notes that earlier initiation of marijuana use is associated with an increased risk of developing addiction.
Other Emerging Trends
CDC Health Advisory: Increases in Availability of Cannabis Products Containing Delta-8 THC and Reported Cases of Adverse Events
CDC Alert on the Increased availability of cannabis products containing delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and the potential for adverse events|
Opioid exposure associated with poppy consumption reported to poison control centers and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Including previously reported cases, there are now at least 19 U.S. deaths associated with poppy seeds in the literature.|
The FDA has become aware that some people who use e-cigarettes have experienced seizures, with most reports involving youth or young adult users.|