WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- To cope with his temper tantrums, a 4-year-old child was prescribed cannabis cookies by a doctor in California.
- However, the doctor, Dr. Eidelman, misdiagnosed the child for having bipolar and ADHD conditions.
- The Medical Board of California ruled that his license to practice be annulled not for giving the drug but for negligence in his treatment and diagnosis.
A doctor is fighting to keep his medical license after he was reported for prescribing cannabis cookies to a 4-year-old boy. However, the reason was not that he prescribed the drug but because he failed to seek consultation with a psychiatrist.
In an effort to manage the child’s behavioral issues, Dr. William Eidelman of California recommended small quantities of drug-infused cookies. The prescription was due to the child being diagnosed by the doctor as having bipolar and attention deficit disorders. But according to BBC reports, he had misdiagnosed the child and did not seek advice from a psychiatrist.
For this reason, the ruling from the Medical Board of California on January 4 was that his registration be revoked for being “negligent in his care and treatment”, by not taking advice from a psychiatrist before prescribing the drug.
The incident was revealed when a school nurse was instructed by Eidelman to give the cookies to the child during lunchtime.
In September 2012, the boy’s father consulted Eidelman because of the child’s frequent temper tantrums and bad behavior in school. Having ADHD and bipolar disorder himself, the father told the doctor that he too turned to cannabis after experiencing negative effects from a previous medication. He stated that cannabis has helped to calm him. He also got his older son the drug, for which it had “positive effects” on them.
While Dr. Eidelman is currently appealing against the ruling, he says he will continue to practice. This is due to having recently won a suspension of the revocation pending a future hearing.
Since 1996, the use of medical cannabis has been legalized in the state of California.
Source: The Insider