Quick Take: The cardiac effects of drug abuse

DALLAS — Christopher Colwell, the chief of emergency medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, shared some unique presentations of drug use with the audience at The State of the Science Gathering of Eagles Conference. His presentation focused on newer drugs within the San Francisco market and demonstrated how these drugs can have effects that mimic other conditions.


Here are some of the memorable quotes from Colwell’s presentation:

“Pill parties are a great invention … because when you end up in an ambulance … you will end up in an ambulance, we get to try and figure out what you took.”

Users “are experimenting in new and exciting ways and it brings challenges to [EMS], and we have to meet that challenge.”

“When patients tell you they’re going to do something, they usually do it.”

“Synthetic marijuana is not marijuana.”

“Be ready to match the creativity of our patients so we can properly take care of them.”

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