WEBINAR ARCHIVE - "Synthetic Marijuana:" What Is It, Why Is It Dangerous, and How Can We Prevent Youth from Using It?

In this webinar, Krista Osterthaler of the American Association of Poison Control Centers provided an overview of synthetic cannabinoids and the scope of the problem among youth. She familiarized participants with the system of poison control centers, the data they collect and their prevention-related resources. Ms. Osterthaler presented data on calls that poison control centers nationwide are receiving about synthetic cannabinoids, and the challenges the toxicologists face when deciding on an appropriate treatment protocol and advice.

Dr. Seth Ammerman of Stanford University shared his experience in working with patients who use “synthetic marijuana” and discussed his approach as part of general screening for substance use. He also reviewed the recent literature on “synthetic marijuana” use in adolescents and discussed available prevention efforts. 

This webinar was moderated by Shelli Stephens-Stidham, the Director of Community Health Impact at Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dallas, and a member of the Children’s Safety Now Alliance (CSN-A).

Watch the webinar