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Ann Marie T. Sullivan, M.D., Commissioner
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Health Advisory: Increase in Synthetic Cannabinoid-Related Adverse Events and ER Visits

There has been an increase in the use of synthetic marijuana, which has resulted in severe adverse events and increased emergency room department visits. The following geographic areas are particularly affected and require special attention: Long Island, Brooklyn, Upper Manhattan and Syracuse. OMH is also aware of individual cases in other areas of the state. Please distribute the information below to staff in all mental health programs including clinics, other outpatient programs, and residential programs.

Please note: For additional information, see the referenced advisories from NYS Department of Health PDF Document and
NYC Department of Health Leaving OMH site as well as Governor Cuomo’s health alert Leaving OMH site.

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