Earlier this year, the American Association of Poison Control Centers issued an alert on synthetic cannabinoids, commonly known as K2, Spice or Synthetic Marijuana after U.S. Poison Control Centers experienced marked increases in calls related to synthetic cannabinoid exposure. Between Jan. 1, 2015 and May 31, 2015 poison centers across the nation received more than 3,617 reports of exposures related to synthetic cannabinoids.
The recent rash of hospitalizations and deaths across the nation are believed to be caused by a particularly potent chemical formulation of a synthetic cannabinoid called MAB-CHMINACA.
Synthetic Cannabinoids are considered “designer drugs,” often consisting of dried plant material sprayed with manmade synthetic cannabinoids and any mixture of other unknown chemicals, including pesticides and rat poison. Potencies of these drugs can range greatly but has been shown to be between 5 to 200 times more potent than marijuana. Users can exhibit extreme paranoia, intense hallucinations, severe agitation, nausea and vomiting, anxiety, seizures, psychotic episodes, tachycardia, and death.
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Healthcare Journal of Little Rock Jul/Aug 2015