Third Death reported from Synthetic Marijuana

Will County Health Department warns about synthetic cannabinoids
Another death from synthetic pot outbreak in Illinois
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11 April, 2018

Dried plants dosed with psychoactive chemicals is marketed as K2 or spice.

"So if people know of somebody who uses a synthetic cannabinoid type product or might use it, we ask that you help spread the word and let them know this is a risky product that has been actually fatal in three cases in IL".

The guidance instructs hospitals and clinics to be on the lookout for people complaining of severe bleeding not related to an injury, or when the bleeding started after using synthetic marijuana.

In a news release, OLPD did not confirm the man's death occurred because of the synthetic marijuana but said an autopsy revealed the victim had brodifacoum, also known as rat poison, in his system, as well as suffered excessive internal bleeding.

The cases have required hospitalization for symptoms, including coughing up blood, having blood in urine, and experiencing severe bloody noses and bleeding gums.

"IDPH is continuing to work with local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with other partners, to try to identify common products", said Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Department of Public Health. "They are not regulated and people don't know what chemicals may be in them, like rat poison".

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The Missouri Department of Health and Human Services is asking healthcare providers to be on the lookout for any signs that a patient have been using synthetic cannabinoids.

A ruling on his cause of death was pending further investigation, but he told family members he smoked synthetic marijuana in the days leading up to his death, authorities said.

OLPD said anyone who has used synthetic marijuana should seek medical attention, as it can take days or weeks for symptoms to appear. Public health officials say the product is not safe and if anyone has purchased it they shouldn't use it. They're called cannabinoids because their chemicals are similar to what can be found in a real marijuana plant.

"Just (Monday) we sent information from the Illinois Department of Public Health's website on the situation out to our officers for their awareness", he said. While state law has banned numerous substances, manufacturers often change ingredients to stay a step ahead of the law. Many synthetic cannabinoids also are illegal.

Some convenience stores, gas stations, other shops and websites sell synthetic cannabinoids.

In the 1980s, synthetic cannabinoids were considered research compounds but they are now produced overseas, according to the CDC.


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