New Quick Take: Mass Intoxication with Synthetic Cannabinoids

Posted by • January 24th, 2017

11113This week’s Quick Take video describes how medical professionals and law enforcement agents identified the cause of a July 2016 drug-induced intoxication and subsequent hospitalization of an unusually high number of people in Brooklyn. Emergency room workers knew only that the patients had been exposed to some type of “herbal incense” before beginning to exhibit “zombielike” behavior. When a drug that is rarely seen or tested for causes such events, how do clinicians use their experience and resources to pinpoint exactly what it is? Take less than three minutes to see how it happened in Brooklyn.

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