By Elise Viebeck - 12/04/12 09:28 PM EST
"Make no mistake – the use of synthetic cannabinoids can cause serious, lasting damage, particularly in young people."
In all, 11,406 of the 4.9 million drug-related ER visits in 2010 involved synthetic marijuana. Most patients were men between the ages of 12 and 29.
Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyTop Dem Senate hopefuls to skip convention Election to shape Supreme Court Why one senator sees Gingrich as Trump's best VP choice MORE (R-Iowa), who is behind a law that bans the drug's chemical ingredients, hailed the study Tuesday.
"This report underscores that a federal ban was right to protect public safety," Grassley said in a statement. "Anyone who might be tempted to try this drug should realize its use can end in tragedy."