Marijuana and other illicit drug use and the risk of injury: A case-control study

Mo Med. Mar-Apr 2006;103(2):152-6.


Objectives: Assess the associations between marijuana or other illicit drug use and injury risk.

Methods: Case-control study. Cases were emergency department patients with acute injury. Age-sex matched controls were interviewed by telephone.

Results: Marijuana use in the past seven days was associated with decreased risk, and use of other illicit drugs was associated with increased risk. Controlling for confounding had little effect.

Conclusions: Marijuana use may be associated with a decreased risk of injury. Other illicit drug use was associated with increased risk.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Cannabis / adverse effects*
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Illicit Drugs / adverse effects*
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Missouri
  • Risk Assessment*
  • Risk Factors
  • Substance-Related Disorders / complications
  • Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Wounds and Injuries / etiology


  • Illicit Drugs