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“We anticipate an increased call volume because of legalization because we will be dealing with retail stores, and there might be the possibility of young kids getting their hands on edibles and of parents not following safe-storage practices,” Waqaas Bhutta, the program coordinator for the Regional Center for Poison Control and Prevention serving Massachusetts and Rhode Island, said.

Bhutta said poison-control centers in Colorado reported a 108 percent increase in calls related to marijuana exposure for people of all ages between 2012 and 2015. There was a 206 percent increase during the same time period in calls related to marijuana exposure among children 8 and younger, he said.