D.C. Hospitals to Test Anyone With Synthetic Drug Use Symptoms

NBC4 in D.C. reports that due to a spike in hospital visits for suspected synthetic drug overdoses, D.C. hospitals will now do blood and urine tests on anyone who appears to have taken the dangerous drugs.

The emergency rules, that went into effect the first week of August, 2015, require hospitals to collect blood and urine samples from patients who “present and have symptoms consistent with having taken a synthetic cannabinoid,” the D.C. Department of Health announced Tuesday.

The unregulated, highly addictive synthetic drugs can cause psychotic episodes, aggressive behavior and seizures, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

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