Is COVID-19 Increasing the Rate of Accidental Drug Ingestion in Young Children?

The rates of young children accidentally ingesting illicit substances has been on the rise in recent years. This is in part due to increased opioid use and a broadening of states permitting legal cannabis. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent stay-at-home orders came into play, Natalie Laub, MD, a child abuse pediatrician at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and an assistant clinical professor at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, noticed added stress on this troubling trend.

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UCSD Study: Docs Should Screen For Cannabis Use Disorder in Pregnant Women

Babies born to mothers diagnosed with cannabis use disorder are more likely to experience negative health outcomes than those without the disorder, according to findings published Thursday by UC San Diego researchers.

Researchers from UCSD's Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science examined nearly five million live births that occurred in California between the years 2001 and 2012, during which diagnoses of cannabis use disorder rose.

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San Diego Teens Have Higher Aspirations Than a Future in Cannabis

Ask us what we want to be when we grow up. We’ll tell you we imagine ourselves becoming doctors, teachers, firefighters, chefs, engineers, or attorneys. Some of us are born entrepreneurs. We dream of opening our own businesses or nonprofit organizations.Some of us are even more ambitious: We dream of becoming the President of the United States. None of the kids we know dream of becoming budtenders.

Full article at Times of San Diego.




MPI will be at the 2021 CASCWA conference presenting about drug trends on April 26, 27. Over 600 registrants will be participating in the virtual conference. CASCWA stands for the California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare an Attendance. This is a great event to share resources and learn about new trends.

The conference is shaping up to be one of the best conferences ever.  For all Registrants, please expect a communication around April 9th for your selections and additional information.

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Protecting Adolescent Brain Development - Virtual Forum

Join Us! Upcoming parent & student virtual forum, ‘Protecting Adolescent Brain Development’ on 3/23 from 6-7:30pm. North Coastal Prevention Coalition, Vista Community Clinic, MPI and Institute for Behavior and Health will be hosting the event. The forum will be highlighting how to protect adolescent brain development from substance such as marijuana. Spanish translation will be provided.

 Register here for the webinar-