Emergency Department Visits After Use of a Drug Sold as "Bath Salts" -- Michigan, November 13, 2010-March 31, 2011

Benzie, Fred; Hekman, Kimberly; Cameron, Lorraine; Wade, David R.; Miller, Corinne; Smolinske, Susan; Warrick, Brandon
May 2011
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;5/20/2011, Vol. 60 Issue 19, p624
The article focuses on an epidemiological report by the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) on emergency department (ED) cases due to use of a drug sold as "bath salts." MDCH contacted the Children's Hospital of Michigan Poison Control Center (PCC) which has monitored ED visits. 35 patients, aged 20-55 years, in Michigan were identified for drug intoxication. From the 35 patients, 24 (69%) had history of drug abuse, while 11 (31%) reported polysubstance abuse, and 12 (34%) had intravenous drug abuse.


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