Child (9) rushed to Royal Victoria Hospital after eating 'cannabis sweets' - urgent warning issued to parents

A nine year-old child was rushed to the Accident and Emergency ward in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast recently after unwittingly eating sweets containing cannabis.

Tuesday, 8th June 2021, 5:19 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th June 2021, 5:20 pm
The nine year-old child was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

The incident was confirmed by Northern Ireland's Drug and Alcohol Monitoring and Information System (DAMIS) who have subsequently issued a warning to parents and children.

"DAMIS has received information from the Royal Victoria Hospital following the assessment of a nine year-old at the Children’s Emergency Department, who had detectable levels of cannabis in their system.

"The clinician who assessed the child explained that the child had consumed a THC medicated sweet (‘Nerds rope’) after finding what they believed to be sweets on the ground.

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"While on closer inspection the sweet packet is labelled as containing THC, the main psychoactive ingredients in cannabis, to all other purposes they look like a common brand of sweets which are marketed for children.

"As children often have a smaller body mass than adults the effects may be more profound and can include: loss of coordination; hallucinations; nausea/vomiting and lethargy, collapse or loss of consciousness," added DAMIS.

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