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May 16, 2017 12:45 PM

Denver Opens Medical Hotline for Marijuana Users and Providers

Marijuana consumers and providers in Denver can now get a consult on weed-related issues via a 24/7 hotline. The phone line is primarily intended for marijuana-related health and safety questions and is available at 1-877-741-3777.

This is a pilot program launched by Denver Health and Denver Environmental Health. The program allows citizens to contact nurses, pharmacists, and toxicology specialists directly. The most common issues discussed on the hotline are questions related to serving sizes, adverse reactions, labeling and pesticides, and safety hazards.

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The use of marijuana is constantly increasing among the residents of Denver, so the number of calls on the hotline is expected to raise rapidly.

According to the officials, there are many calls from people who experienced some negative effects after using marijuana, as well as from those who are interested in how weed use might affect the use of other medications. People are also asking a question about the appropriate dose, while cannabis producers are asking about the safety of certain additives.

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The hotline is served by two dozen medical professionals at the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center. The officials at the center initially launched lines for consumers of opioids, but then decided to create a similar line for marijuana users.

Denver supported the project with $15,000. The duration of this hotline's pilot program is three month, but this period could be prolonged, according to officials.

Callers are not being identified in any way, and all the conversations are confidential. Officials expect that the line will help them better understand the trends of public health concerns and create educational campaigns based on the information received. At least, it should become useful for marijuana consumers and businesses.

However, there will be no data about cannabis companies listings, and pot users who are looking for a number to call in emergency circumstances should call 911.

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