Youth With Mood Disorders Who Use Marijuana at Higher Risk for Death

Youth With Mood Disorders Who Use Marijuana at Higher Risk for Death

Smoking marijuana is common among young people with mood disorders, such as major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder. But young marijuana users are at greater risk for self-harm and death, suggest new findings published in JAMA Pediatrics. Scientists identified 204,780 youth ages 10 to 24 with mood disorders between 2010 and 2017 from Ohio Medicaid claims data linked with death certificate data. More than 10% of youths with mood disorders used cannabis, according to study findings. For related coverage, read “Mental Disorders Increase Risk of Early Death, Study Says.”

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