Department of Emergency Medicine
ER Visits for Synthetic Marijuana on the Rise
An herb-and-chemical compound, that has become known as synthetic marijuana, sold legally in Oregon and Washington as incense is resulting in a surge of visits to emergency rooms and calls to poison control centers with symptoms ranging from anxiety, hypertension, and vomiting to severe paranoia and hallucinations.
A Salem mother wants state lawmakers to ban synthetic marijuana from being sold in Oregon stores after her teenage son suffered severe hallucinations from it and rushed to the emergency room.
News Channel, KGW in Portland recently covered this story, and interviewed Robert Hendrickson, MD, Assistant Medical Director of Oregon's Poison Center for commments.