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Synthetic Cannabinoids: A New Frontier of Designer Drugs

Erik W. Gunderson, MD
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This article was published online first at www.annals.org on 10 September 2013.

From the University of Virginia and Center for Wellness and Change, Charlottesville, Virginia, and Columbia University, New York, New York.

Potential Conflicts of Interest: Disclosures can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M13-1560.

Requests for Single Reprints: Erik W. Gunderson, MD, University of Virginia Health System, Box 800623, Charlottesville, VA 22908; e-mail, erikgunderson@virginia.edu.

Author Contributions: Drafting of the article: E.W. Gunderson.

Final approval of the article: E.W. Gunderson.

Ann Intern Med. 2013;159(8): 563-564. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-159-8-201310150-00707
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Synthetic cannabinoid use has increased in the United States. The consequences are dangerous, and public health concern about these products has led to international control efforts. This commentary discusses the difficulties associated with regulating use and the need for research to aid efforts to slow the trend.

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