SOURCE: Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center

August 07, 2014 12:25 ET

Addiction and Health Consequences Increase as Synthetic Marijuana Use Grows

More Individuals Seeking Help for Effects of Synthetic Marijuana ("K2")

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - August 07, 2014) - A growing and concerning number of individuals are seeking help for the effects of synthetic marijuana, also more commonly known as "K2". Once marketed as providing a "legal high," synthetic marijuana underwent a national ban in July of 2012. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, between January and June of this year, 795 cases of synthetic marijuana exposures have already been reported to poison centers. Overall, the ban has reduced the number of incidents reported, but as the drug appears in certain regions like Illinois, health consequences are experienced in the community. 

"Synthetic marijuana is extremely dangerous as no one knows what chemicals are being put into it, making it difficult to treat in a medical setting," said Kim Dennis, MD, CEO and medical director of Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center.

Several recent reports indicate O'Hare airport has become one of the largest hubs in the world for synthetic marijuana. The drug is addictive and causes not only physical effects, but also mental health issues as well. After a single use, people have been known to fall into states of psychosis, while others have found themselves tormented by sudden seizures, muscle spasms, and tremors. Intense hallucinations and suicidal thoughts and behaviors have also been known to result.

It is quickly becoming apparent that the severity of the use of this substance warrants intervention for people who are already addicted and increased attention to help prevent others from facing the same fate.

Synthetic marijuana should not be overlooked as another party drug. It is as severe an issue as cocaine or heroin addiction, and warrants serious attention. The fact that synthetic drugs can cause serious medical symptoms, including psychosis, is rarely discussed.

"Timberline Knolls seeks to increase public awareness of the fact that these synthetic drugs can cause serious medical symptoms, including confusion, disorientation, and even psychosis," adds Dr. Dennis.

Timberline Knolls is committed to treating addiction to synthetic drugs in order to help women and adolescent girls as they start the road to recovery.

About Timberline Knolls: Timberline Knolls is a leading private residential treatment center for women and adolescent girls (ages 12 - 65+) with eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma, mood and co-occurring disorders. Located in suburban Chicago, residents receive excellent clinical care from a highly trained professional staff on a picturesque 43-acre wooded campus. Women and families seeking Christian treatment can opt for specialized Christian-based therapy. For more information on Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, call us at 877.257.9611. We are also on Facebook -- Timberline Knolls, and Twitter -- Timberline Knolls

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