Synthetic marijuana linked to 3rd death in IL

Synthetic marijuana linked to 3rd death in IL

The IDPH said synthetic cannabis contains "human-made, mind-altering chemicals that are sprayed on to dried plant material".

The deaths are among 107 reported incidences of individuals who experienced severe bleeding after using these products that also are known as fake weed, K2, or spice.

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.

The people who died were all men, two in their 20s and one in his 40s.

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

Federal officers said artificial cannabinoids have been packaged in sealed containers tagged with titles like "Matrix, ' 'Blue Giant" and 'insane Monkey.' Testing of the products demonstrated brodifacoum, a toxic substance often used in rat poison. "However, synthetic cannabinoids are unregulated and identifying a source or sources is hard".

"The health and safety of New Yorkers is our number one priority", Cuomo said of synthetic marijuana use. While efforts are underway to get the contaminated drugs out of circulation, it's possible they could re-emerge.

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Although the majority of the cases were in IL, including the three deaths, several cases were found in Indiana, Maryland, Missouri and Wisconsin, according to a CDC alert to clinicians released April 5.

"As bleeding can be life-threatening", she continued, "it is important that people who have used synthetic marijuana seek medical attention at the first sign of poisoning so we can begin treatment right away".

"These chemicals are called cannabinoids because they are similar to chemicals found in the marijuana plant". Foil packets of the drug are often sold over the counter at convenience stores, sometimes deceptively labeled as "herbal incense" or "potpourri".

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.

"This disturbing outbreak proves yet again the dangers of using synthetic marijuana", said Dr. Howard Zucker, the state's health commissioner. Marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and others are often laced with risky ingredients to stretch out the supply or another product completely can be substituted.

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

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