Posts Tagged ‘nurse consultant’

Fake Weed, Real Drug: K2 Causing Hallucinations in Teens

March 4, 2010

Reported by Yahoo News: Jeanna Bryner of Live Science – Managing Editor – March 4, 2010

Teens are getting high on an emerging new drug called “fake weed,” a concoction also know as K2 and “spice” that is also causing hallucinations, vomiting, agitation and other dangerous effects.

In the last month, Dr. Anthony Scalzo, a professor of toxicology at Saint Louis University, has seen nearly 30 cases of teenagers experiencing these adverse effects after smoking the fake weed, a legal substance that reportedly offers a marijuana-like high.

“K2 is not limited to the Midwest; reports of its use are cropping up all over the country,” Scalzo said. “I think K2 is likely a bigger problem than we’re aware of at this time.” For instance, Atlanta has seen about 12 cases recently.

K2 has been sold since 2006 as incense or potpourri for about $30 to $40 per three gram bag – comparable to the price of marijuana.”

“K2 may be a mixture of herbal and spice plant products but it is sprayed with a potent psychotropic drug and likely contaminated with an unknown toxic substance that is causing many adverse effects,” said Scalzo, who also directs the Missouri Regional Poison Control Center.


September 7, 2009

Author: Erasmo A Passaro, MD, Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Program/Clinical Neurophysiology Lab, Bayfront Medical Center Florida Center for Neurology — Updated: Aug 3, 2009

Passaro reports morbidity and mortality consequences of chronic insomia in his article “Insomia”:
– Patients with insomnia report decreased quality of life compared with normal controls.
– Patients with insomnia report excessive fatigue as measured by the Fatigue Severity Scale and the Profiles of Mood Status.
– Patients with insomnia are more than twice as likely as the general population to have a fatigue-related motor vehicle accident.
– Increased occupational dysfunction and decreased work performance are likely due to chronic hyperarousal state or perceptions of sleep deprivation rather than actual sleep loss from insomnia. For example, unlike patients with chronic sleep deprivation from other causes, patients with insomnia report less excessive daytime sleepiness and less psychomotor and cognitive impairment.
– Knutson et al found that the quantity and quality of sleep correlate with future blood pressure. In an ancillary to the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) cohort study, measurement of sleep for 3 consecutive days in 578 subjects showed that shorter sleep duration and lower sleep maintenance predicted both significantly higher blood pressure levels and adverse changes in blood pressure over the next 5 years.

New Service: Initial Client Intake Interview

July 25, 2009

Atlanta legal nurse consultant will perform an initial client interview for medical related cases and create a database of pertinent client information.
This service is designed for the law firm who does not have an in-house medical intake person and to assist the attorney in sorting out the medical issues from the get-go at a low cost.
This service will free attorney time for other legal matters while the nurse consultant quickly pinpoints salient medical issues or the lack thereof.
Buddenhagen & Associates intial client screening is available for all liability cases including medical malpractice/negligence, personal injury, trucking accidents, wrongful death, injuries, dog bites and motor vehicle collisions of adults, children and neonates.