Children's Hospital Colorado

Injury Dangers Resulting from Marijuana Use

Some studies show a correlation between marijuana use and a significant increase in the risk of hospitalization due to injuries, while other studies have shown a decreased risk.

Drug use and motor vehicle crashes

Most of the research on injury risks associated with marijuana use has been conducted in the context of motor vehicle crashes. Researchers agree that multiple drug use and drug-alcohol combinations among drivers increases the risk for motor vehicle crashes injuries that require hospitalization.

There is little research on marijuana’s association with other childhood injury risk areas.

Learn more about the health effects of marijuana from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. 


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