In a ToxIC study article published in JMT of more than 350 cases of Synthetic Cannabinoid (SC) toxicity, nearly a quarter of patients were admitted to intensive care units. After marijuana, SCs are the second most abused illicit drug class by adolescents. However, the use of SCs is still widely underreported due to limited methods of detection. SCs are far more dangerous than marijuana, partially due to greater potency.
Article information: “Characteristics and Treatment of Patients with Clinical Illness Due to Synthetic Cannabinoid Inhalation Reported by Medical Toxicologists: A ToxIC Database Study”
Monte, A.A., Calello, D.P., Gerona, R.R. et al. J. Med. Toxicol. (2017) 13: 146. doi:10.1007/s13181-017-0605-9
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On July 20 ACMT members hosted a public Tweetchat discussing the study.