Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Delta Specialty Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Delta Specialty Hospital.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Synthetic Marijuana Abuse Signs, Symptoms & Effects

Delta Specialty Hospital helps individuals struggling with alcohol or drug addiction build a strong foundation for long-term recovery. Serving Memphis, TN, Delta is the leading provider of substance abuse recovery.

Understanding Synthetic Marijuana

Learn about synthetic marijuana and substance abuse

Also commonly referred to as K2 or Spice, synthetic marijuana is a man-made drug that is finding its way in the hands of people all across the nation. Originally intended to be a safe alternative to traditional marijuana, synthetic marijuana has proven to be anything but safe. Comprised of chemicals that are now known to cause terrifying episodes of psychosis, serious health problems, and other such detriments, this drug has sadly destroyed the lives of many.

Since no one can be sure what is in a batch of synthetic marijuana, the effects that can occur may not be known until emergency treatment is needed. Additionally, and even if medical is sought and received, the lasting effects of using this drug can truly be life-altering. For this reason and more, it is important to seek and receive effective treatment in order to avoid the dangers associated with using synthetic marijuana.

Statistics

Synthetic marijuana addiction statistics

As a newer drug, synthetic marijuana is proving to be quite a deadly substance. Since emerging on the drug scene, this illicit drug has become the cause for numerous emergency room visits all over the country. DAWN, or the Drug Abuse Warning Network, has gone on record to state that nearly 12,000 emergency room visits have been directly related to the abuse of synthetic marijuana in recent years. Furthermore, poison control centers are learning of nearly 5,000 reported cases each year that involve the abuse of this lethal substance. With rates as high as these, more community awareness and available interventions are needed to combat the abuse of synthetic marijuana.

Co-Occurring Disorders

Synthetic marijuana addiction and co-occurring disorders

If you or someone you care about is grappling with an addiction to synthetic marijuana, it is very possible that additional mental health concerns are present at the same time. Among the disorders that could also require care in the event treatment is sought, the following are those that are frequently diagnosed in people battling an addiction to synthetic marijuana:

  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Other substance use disorders
  • Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
  • Depressive disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Anxiety disorders

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors of synthetic marijuana addiction

If you are wondering what has caused you or your loved one to abuse synthetic marijuana, please consider the following explanations and risk factors:

Genetic: Even though synthetic marijuana is a relatively new substance, it is possible for you to be vulnerable to abusing this drug if you have a family history of substance abuse and addiction. Researchers have found that there is a genetic link to addiction and chemical dependency, which proves that one’s genes can impact whether or not synthetic marijuana or other substances will be abused.

Environmental: If you began using substances at an early age, it is possible that you may come to abuse synthetic marijuana. This sort of contributing factor is an example of an environmental influence that may increase your risk of abusing this dangerous substance, furthermore, if you lack healthy coping skills and social support and have access to this drug, you may be more likely to abuse synthetic marijuana.

Risk Factors:

  • Prior substance abuse, especially at an early age
  • Poor stress-management skills
  • Living in poverty
  • Lack of parental involvement during childhood
  • Having a traumatic past
  • Family history of substance abuse and addiction
  • Family history of mental illness
  • Being of younger age
  • Being male

Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of synthetic marijuana addiction

To know for sure if someone in your life is grappling with a synthetic marijuana abuse problem, you should pay attention to the following signs and symptoms. If your suspicions are correct, it is a good idea to help this individual to seek proper care:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Lack of attention to grooming and personal hygiene
  • Frequent unexplained absences from work or school
  • Declining performance at work or in school
  • Deception regarding one’s actions and whereabouts

Physical symptoms:

  • Watery eyes
  • Numbness in extremities
  • Nausea
  • Muscle spasms
  • Increased heart rate
  • Higher than normal blood pressure
  • Excessive perspiration
  • Bloodshot eyes

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Psychosis
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Disorientation
  • Depersonalization
  • Confusion

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Mood swings
  • Loss of interest in significant activities
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation

Effects

Effects of synthetic marijuana addiction

Synthetic marijuana can destroy your life. Without proper and effective treatment, the following effects are more likely to occur:

  • Suicidal ideation and attempts at suicide
  • Stroke
  • Legal problems, including arrest and incarceration
  • Job loss
  • Financial problems
  • Family discord
  • Dysfunctional interpersonal relationships
  • Diminished performance in school or at work
  • Death
  • Cognitive impairments
  • Chronic unemployment
  • Brain damage

Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms of synthetic marijuana addiction

Effects of synthetic marijuana withdrawal: If you or someone you care about has been abusing synthetic marijuana for a long period of time, you or your loved one may become physically tolerant and dependent on this drug and may display the following telltale signs of withdrawal when not using this powerful drug.

  • Vomiting
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Strong cravings for synthetic marijuana
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Hot flashes
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Cold flashes
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation

Effects of synthetic marijuana overdose: Because you can’t be sure of what is actually in a dose of synthetic marijuana, you should call 9-1-1 if someone around you displays the following warning signs that an overdose is happening:

  • Seizure
  • Respiratory distress
  • Hallucinations
  • Disorientation
  • Delusions
  • Confusion
  • Coma
  • Cardiac arrest

Before going to Delta Specialty Hospital, my addiction to synthetic marijuana. The people I met and the staff that helped me are people I will forever be grateful for. They’re the most encouraging and understanding people I have met.

– Former Patient
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