Clinical Pediatrics: Open Access

Clinical Pediatrics: Open Access
Open Access

ISSN: 2572-0775

+32 466902153

Albert Stuart Reece

Division of Psychiatry, University of Western Australia, Crawley, Western Australia 6009, Australia

  • Research Paper   
    Effect of Cannabis Legalization on US Autism Incidence and Medium Term Projections
    Author(s): Albert Stuart Reece* and Gary Kenneth Hulse

    Objective: In that cannabis use has been linked with the development of autism spectrum disorder like conditions in gestationally exposed children, we set out to explore the extent to which rising cannabis use might contribute to the rising autism epidemic. Methods: Datasets from US Department of Education Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), National Survey of Drug Use and Health, and CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network were investigated. Data on legal status was derived from SAMHSA. Results: IDEA had N=1,023 and ADDM N=87. Modelling of IDEA consistently showed that models quadratic-intime out-performed linear-only models (ANOVA p<2.0x10-16). In both datasets liberalization of cannabis legislation was associated with increased ASD (p<10-9 a.. Read More»
    DOI: 10.35248/2572-0775.19.4.154

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