Alarm sounded on new form of synthetic marijuana

Another death from synthetic pot outbreak in Illinois

The Illinois Department of Public health is reporting the third death from synthetic cannabinoids in the state. The victim, identified as a man in his 40s, experienced severe bleeding before he died.

"Many who have died or been hospitalized suffered from severe internal bleeding". A compound found in rat poison is believed to be responsible for the deaths and more than 100 people hospitalized.

Almost 100 people in five different states have been treated for severe bleeding after using synthetic marijuana, also known as K2, fake weed or spice.

This comes a week after officials with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services sent out a warning to residents about the spike in issues linked to the use of synthetic marijuana containing brodifacoum in neighboring IL.

Synthetic cannabinoids are found across IL and the U.S.in places like convenience stores, gas stations, drug paraphernalia shops, novelty stores, and online. Sprayed onto dried plant material, they can be smoked or are sold as liquids to be vaporized in e-cigarettes.




There are also state laws and local ordinances that make synthetic drugs illegal, but that doesn't mean there's no chance someone in the county might get a hold of them, Stenger said. The health effects from using synthetic cannabinoids can be unpredictable, harmful, and deadly.

Synthetic cannabinoid is a man-made mixture of hundreds of chemicals that affect the same brain cell receptors as the active ingredient in marijuana. The chemical poisons the blood and causes people to bleed out if they are not treated in time. "We urge people not to use synthetic cannabinoids, now or ever", Shah said.

From 2010 to 2015, the number of poisonings from toxic exposures surged across the United States, revealing 456 cases involving synthetic cannabinoids, according to a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The CDC has concurred that the use of synthetic cannabinoids can lead to serious illness or death.

Anyone showing symptoms needs immediate medical attention but should call for assistance or have someone take them to a hospital emergency room.

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