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Overdose of edible marijuana by teens a growing concern in USVI

- VIPD, DoH & DoE form Task Force
Cannabis infused chocolate. There is a growing concern of edible marijuana overdose among teenagers in the US Virgin Islands. Photo: Getty Images

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- Dr Nicole Craigwell-Syms, assistant Department of Health commissioner has disclosed that there is growing evidence that young people are abusing cannabis/marijuana edibles, and a [US] Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) led task force is being formed to come up with a strategy for this growing public health concern.

She said young people in schools are using the edibles without understanding the side and possible long-term effects of these edibles that look and in some instances taste like candy.

“Hence a task force is being pulled together involving the Department of Health, Education, VIPD to name a few. What has to happen is that we need to face realities and the fact that contraband is not new, contraband was on campus when I was in high school, when parents were in high school — it is a matter of addressing the change and the shift in how it is presented,” she said Monday during the Bryan administration's weekly press briefing.

Have open discussion with youths- Dr Syms

Explaining that edibles are food or drink products that typically contain the chemicals found in the cannabis plant, Dr Syms is recommending that parents, guardians, teachers, and just about anyone associated with youths have an open discussion about them.

She said cannabis edibles may look very similar to genuine products because they often appear in similar packaging to branded names and children may not know the difference. “The reality is they look delicious and some of them taste just like candy. However, as much as you may not want to admit it, there are young people who are impulsive or thrill-seeking and consider pushers in our schools, in that system where our children thrive,” she shared.

'Psychosis behavior' may develop

Elaborating further she said young people who use the edibles may develop certain psychosis behavior, and she urged parents to talk about the dangers of edibles as students of all ages have access to cannabis-infused cookies, brownies, candies, etc.

Dr Syms also called for a shift in marijuana education in which parents, guidance, and educators should not take an approach that will have ramifications. “These conversations must happen without ramifications…you can sit and literally ask young people what you know about edible marijuana? have you tried it? have you seen it? what does it look like? and honestly speak to your child or children of how hard it can be to refuse when approached,” she suggested.

“You can speak to them and let them know that even when edibles arrive even in accurate packaging, teenagers have no idea how much THC – the main psychoactive chemical in cannabis — they are actually ingesting. For instance, a single brownie or cookie is meant to be ingested in multi-servings. If you are taking something that is homemade from another student or whomever, you have no idea the levels of THC it contains,” she said.

Negative impact on central nervous & cardiovascular systems

In conversations with youth, make it clear that consuming too much marijuana can negatively impact their central nervous and cardiovascular systems, Dr Syms advised. “Please understand that edibles are tricky, the effects are delayed. It is easy to feel that the effects of edibles are not working or you don’t feel anything at all because the effects can take up to 60 minutes,” she said.

Dr Syms said that when there is no immediate effect, some young people continue consuming the edibles and that can cause an overdose. “Next thing you are walking on the moon in the middle of class and have no idea how to control yourself or your actions," she said. "You might feel panic and lose track of where you are or what you are doing, your heart will race, some persons tend to upchuck (vomit), and you can end up in the emergency room.”

11 Responses to “Overdose of edible marijuana by teens a growing concern in USVI”

  • follow fashion monkeys (30/03/2022, 17:01) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    BVI next
    • What you mean BVI next (30/03/2022, 17:57) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
      They are already doing it here. If you don’t know that then you are slow. These teenagers have access to the gummies, cookies and brownies.
    • To follow fashion (30/03/2022, 18:49) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
      Stfu monkey @$$ cause it already happened here in the BVI and in a few schools. LOL so you thought your comment was gonna be a prophecy....NOTTTT!!!!!!!
  • HEH (30/03/2022, 18:57) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    I think everyone can recall going to highschool with some students "misbehaving" on or off campus. Instead of fear mongering to scare the kids we need to educate them. Many including adults dont know the difference between edibles and smoking and end up over doing do it too.

    The people who want to eat weed their first time often dont want to get super high, but they take edibles and never try weed again.

    Unlike inhaling smoke where you can take a few puffs and quit when you've eaten a strong edible there's nothing left to do except deal with it.

    If your going to do something learn to do it safely.
  • Dancing with the Stars (30/03/2022, 19:09) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is a very serious issue for the police to arrest immediately if it is existing in the Territory. Parents should advise their children to avoid purchasing these types of candies from unauthorized venders. We should not tolerate this behavior for the sake of a few dollars and jeopardize the future of our innocent children. If any one has knowledge of this type of activity, they should inform the police immediately.

    We need to declare war on these parasites in our midst who are selling these items to our children. I am very upset presently even though I do not have any children. However, any child that is affected with this product must be of concern to all of us.
    • @Dancing with the stars (30/03/2022, 22:21) Like (4) Dislike (17) Reply
      Good comment but those kids is not going to SNAKE/RAT out the source.
  • Well hear this (30/03/2022, 22:13) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Most of them is making the goodies at home and selling to there school mates for a profit. That is the new craze right now. So parents when Timmy and Susie is at home baking brownies, cookies and melting down gummies you better check the baked goods and the melting gummies.
  • Thing is (31/03/2022, 08:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    When they overdose on the edibles and land in the ER the parents is the ones that is going to have all the problems. THE OLDER ONES IS MAKING A PROFIT FROM SELLING DRUGS AND THE TEENAGERS IS MAKING A PROFIT FROM SELLING EDIBLES TO THERE SCHOOL MATES.
  • Cookies (31/03/2022, 09:12) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I overdosed on some cookies last night. I fell asleep.
  • WOW (31/03/2022, 11:19) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not good at all. A slippery slope. it is bad enough for the adults who knowing experiment with drugs, but trying to infiltrate the children in this manner is simply disgusting. I entirely agree with Dancing with the Stars, because not only can these things pose serious health and safety risks for children, but it serves as a bait for getting children hooked on drugs. Those with the supportive comments for these dangerous practices need to think twice about the long-term effects that drug use has on children and youth. What is the point of making money if we are selling out the next generation and effectively sentencing them to a life-time of addiction and disfunction. Come one guys please look down the road, rather than the first pay-out for the day.
    • Hmm (02/04/2022, 10:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You have to understand no one is encouraging kids to do this. Around twenty years ago when I was in highschool the students cooked it up over lunch break in the microwave. nearly everyone tried a piece. At that level its not about money its pure curiosity. Education truly is key.

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