CDC: Poisonings, Deaths From Synthetic Marijuana Spiked In 2015

The Los Angeles Times (6/12, Khan) reports in “Science Now” that “poison center calls linked to synthetic cannabinoids have spiked roughly fourfold in just the first few months of 2015, according to a report from the” CDC published in the June 12 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The data compiled by the CDC reveal that “between January and May 2015, poison centers received 3,572 calls linked to synthetic cannabinoid use – a 229% jump over the 1,085 calls received during the same period in 2014.” Ages of the user ranged from seven months to 72 years, with a median age of 26. The authors of the report conclude that the sudden spike demonstrates the need for stricter regulation.

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— “Increase in poisoning reveals dangers of ‘synthetic marijuana,’ CDC says,” Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times, June 11, 2015.

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