“These injury reports compel us to get the word out to all segments of the community — especially youth — that these products can cause significant harm,” noted Pamela Hyde, Administrator at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in a news release.
More than 28,500 emergency room visits can be linked to synthetic marijuana in 2011, up from 11,400 in 2010, according to the report. The number of teens ages 12 to 17, that went to the ER because of synthetic marijuana rose from about 3,800 to nearly 7,600 during that year. Young adults ages 18 to 20 rose from about 2,000 to more than 8,000.
Synthetic marijuana physical effects can include:
- Loss of Control
- Increased Agitation
- Pale Skin
- Profuse Sweating
- Lack of Pain Response
- High Blood Pressure
- Elevated Heart Rate and Palpitations
- Uncontrolled/Spastic Body Movements
- Severe Paranoia