Calls to Poison Control for Psychoactive Drug Exposure on the Rise

November 26, 2019

(CNN) – From 2000 to 2017, the rate of exposures to natural psychoactive substances such as marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms increased by nearly 75% in the United States, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Clinical Toxicology. The study was led by researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio and analyzed 67,369 calls to Poison Control Centers of people inhaling or ingesting natural psychoactive substances. In 2000, the rate of exposure was 17.6 per 1 million people. In 2017, that rate almost doubled — to 30.7 exposures per 1 million people.