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Profile America features distinguished nurse

College’s nursing program questioned

Health Debate Must Be About Keeping People Out Of Hospital

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Tip of The Week- K2 and Designer Drugs with Toxicology Specialist Lisa Booze

K2, Fake weed, spice, and zohai are just some of the names given to synthetic marijuana. It is a chemical that is intended to substitute marijuana and mimics its effects only more potent. It may be a mixture of herbal and spice plant products, but it is sprayed with a potent psychotropic drug and likely contaminated with an unknown toxic substance that is causing many adverse effects. Unlike marijuana, reactions from using K2 include agitation, anxiety, tachycardia, and elevated blood pressure.

There are also synthetic/designer drugs out there like K2 that are contaminated with unknown substances and untested substances making it difficult to identify and predict its effects. Nurses should continuously assess these patients for unexpected adverse reactions and document their findings. Coordination with poison control centers and providing them the information gathered from these patients will help in providing effective nursing interventions and treatment and also to have reference for same cases that may be encountered in the future.

American Association of of Poison Control Centers Press Release

Maryland Poison Center

Article on K2 Causing Hallucinations in Teens

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