The Role of Public Health in Combatting Synthetic Cannabinoid Use in Adolescents

Authors:  Warren, K.E., Tay, S. & L.S. Wen.

Source: Journal of Adolescent Health
May 2017 Volume 60, Issue 5, Pages 483–486

The Baltimore City Health Department in the US has worked to combat the recent surge in synthetic drug use through a major public awareness campaign, legislative reform, and retailer engagement and compliance initiative. In doing so, the city has built a coalition of clinicians, advocates, retailers, educators, legislators, and community members to fight synthetic cannabinoid use in Baltimore City.
In this commentary piece, they offer strategies from our work and from that of our colleagues in the US for other clinicians and communities fighting to stem the tide of recreational synthetic cannabinoid use.
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