The Public Health Challenge of Synthetic Cannabinoids
Sep. 30, 2015
Chemical Heritage Foundation
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315 Chestnut St, Philadelphia PA
Synthetic cannabinoids are manmade compounds that interact with the brain through the same pathways as THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Users expose themselves to potential risks every time they consume the drug, including intoxication, episodes of psychosis, dangerously accelerated heart rate and respiration, blood pressure spikes, and convulsions or seizures. Death investigators, medical examiners and U.S. public health officials have recorded multiple instances of serious adverse reactions, tissue injury, cardiac effects and fatal idiosyncratic reactions.
About the Symposium
Synthetic cannabinoids pose a significant public health concern and have emergency responders, hospital personal, legislative bodies, toxicologists, poison control centers, and laboratories all looking for the best solutions to educate users, treat those suffering from the toxic effects of the drugs, and investigations drug related deaths. This one day symposium will address different aspects of synthetic cannabinoid use, including pharmacology, clinical symptoms and presentation, assessment and treatment of synthetic cannabinoid intoxication, laboratory testing, and public policy issues dealing with these compounds.
Live in-person at the Chemical Heritage Foundation or streamed online.
All attendees will receive a flash drive containing faculty presentations. (Please bring your laptop computer with you.) Online participants will have the materials emailed to them in advance of the symposium.
Who Should Attend?
This course is essential for: Death Investigators, Coroners and Medical Examiners; Medical and Emergency Room Doctors; Forensic and Laboratory Scientists; Law Enforcement Personnel; Legal Professionals; and DRE Officers.
Please check back later for information on obtaining CME or CLE credits for in-person or online attendees.
- 8:00am Registration – Ullyot North, 1st Floor
- 8:30am Welcome & Introductory Remarks – Barry K Logan PhD, CFSRE
- 8:40am Trends in Manufacturing and Distribution of Synthetic Cannabinoids – Laura Hendrick, DEA
- 9:10am Pharmacology of Synthetic Cannabinoids – Sherri Kacinko PhD, NMS Labs
- 9:40am Poison Control Perspective on Synthetic Cannabinoid Intoxications – Dr. Kevin Ostenhoudt, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania & The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
- 10:10am – Morning Break –
- 10:30am ER Presentation, Assessment and Treatment of Synthetic Cannabinoids: Clinicians Perspective – Dr Kenneth Katz, Lehigh Valley Health Network (30 min), Dr Charles McKay, Hartford Hospital (30 min); Dr Timothy Wiegand, University of Rochester Medical Center (30 min)
- 12:00pm – Lunch with Clinicians Panel –
- 1:30pm Impairment and Fatalities Associated with Synthetic Cannabinoids – Dr Barry K Logan
- 2:00pm Pros & Cons of Toxicological Testing for Synthetic Cannabinoids – Donna Papsun MS, NMS Labs
- 2:30pm- Afternoon Break –
- 3:00pm Epidemiology of Synthetic Cannabinoid Adverse Event Outbreaks & Impact on State Public Health Policy – Dr Michael Schwartz, CDC
- 4:00 – 4:45pm Panel Discussion & Wrap-up
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Have questions about The Public Health Challenge of Synthetic Cannabinoids? Contact The Center for Forensic Science Research & Education.
Chemical Heritage Foundation is located along Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia’s Old City, within easy reach of Interstates 95 and 76, Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station (for Amtrak trains along the Northeast Corridor), and the Philadelphia International Airport. For parking, use the Bourse Garage, located on 4th Street, between Market and Chestnut streets.