Synthetic Cannabinoids: Information and Guidance for Clinicians
Date:Thursday, March 31, 2016
Amelia M. Kasper, MD, MHS
Epidemic Intelligence Service Office
Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects
National Center for Environmental Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Robert Galli, MD
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Mississippi School of Medicine
Justin K. Arnold, DO, MPH
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Synthetic cannabinoids are an emerging class of recreational drugs of abuse. Often sold as “spice,” “herbal incense,” or “potpourri,” synthetic cannabinoid chemicals are smoked for their anticipated marijuana-like effects. Since the first reports of trafficking in the United States in 2008, there have been a growing number of reports of related adverse events, including outbreaks of severe illnesses and death. During this COCA Call, clinicians will learn about synthetic cannabinoids, their clinical effects, and the role clinicians can play in the public health response.
- Describe the epidemiology and clinical effects of synthetic cannabinoid use
- Discuss recent clusters of severe disease associated with synthetic cannabinoid use in the U.S.
- Identify opportunities for clinicians to support surveillance and response efforts
- American Association of Poison Control Centers: Synthetic Cannabinoids
- Drug Enforcement Administration Drug Fact Sheet: K2 or Spice
- National Institute on Drug Abuse: Synthetic Cannabinoids (K2/Spice)
- Audio conference call on 3/31/16: 1:00 - 2:00 PM
- Web-on-demand training after 2:00 PM on 3/31/16
- Materials: PowerPoint slide set
- Activity number:WCWD2286(SC)
- Date of origination:December 12, 2013
- Date of renewal:December 12, 2015
- Date of expiration:December 12, 2017
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