Synthetic cannabinoid exposures reported to texas poison centers

Mathias B. Forrester, Kurt Kleinschmidt, Evan Schwarz, Amy Young

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Synthetic cannabinoid abuse is increasing in the United States. Synthetic cannabinoid exposures reported to Texas poison centers in 2010 were identified, and the distribution of exposures by selected factors was determined. There were 464 total cases. The number of exposures increased each month during January-July, then remained relatively constant for the next 5 months. The patients were 73.9% male and 57.3% were 20 years or older. Moderate or major effects or potentially toxic outcome occurred in 59.9% of the exposures. The most frequently reported clinical effects were tachycardia (37.3%), agitation (18.5%), drowsiness (18.5%), vomiting (15.7%), hallucinations (10.8%), and nausea (9.9%).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-358
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Addictive Diseases
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2011


  • Marijuana homolog
  • Poison center
  • Synthetic cannabinoid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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