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A Review of Clinical Manifestations in Adolescent and Young Adults after use of Synthetic Cannabinoids
Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing
  • Tracy L. Brewer, Wright State University - Main Campus
  • Margie Collins
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
4-1-2014
Abstract
Purpose The purpose of this review is to heighten the awareness of the increased use and risks of synthetic cannabinoids (SCs) and associated clinical manifestations among adolescents and young adults. Conclusions Reviewed case studies suggest that the use of SCs have unpredictable negative psychological and physiological effects. Predominant manifestations reported were anxiety, agitation, paranoia, hallucinations, tachycardia, nausea and vomiting, and diaphoresis. Practice Implications Nurses provide the most direct and supportive care to patients who present for medical treatment after the use of SCs. Knowledge of clinical manifestations can facilitate supportive management of patients suspected of SCs use.
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A supplemental podcast of the same name is available at http://corescholar.libraries.wright.edu/nursing_faculty/239/.

DOI
10.1111/jspn.12057
Citation Information
Tracy L. Brewer and Margie Collins. "A Review of Clinical Manifestations in Adolescent and Young Adults after use of Synthetic Cannabinoids" Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing Vol. 19 Iss. 2 (2014) p. 119 - 126 ISSN: 15390136
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/tracy_brewer/3/