Synthetic Marijuana Use Might Be Linked To Third Illinois Death

Synthetic Marijuana Use Might Be Linked To Third Illinois Death

Synthetic Marijuana Use Might Be Linked To Third Illinois Death

Doctors have attributed the cases to a type rat poison found in the synthetic pot.

"Seeing blood in their urine or they may be bleeding uncontrollably from their nose".

As of Thursday, April 5th, 89 people have been hospitalized in the city of Chicago and surrounding neighborhoods after ingesting synthetic cannabis known as K2 or Spice, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Hospital of Cook County said in the ME's release.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has issued an alert about a synthetic form of marijuana being laced with a substance used as rat poison that's being blamed for causing severe bleeding, and has killed two in IL.

Severe and uncontrollable bleeding, hallucinations and even death.

The person's symptoms were similar to dozens of cases in the Chicago region in the last several weeks.

Even though synthetic marijuana (often packaged and sold as "K2" or "Spice") has been banned in states like NY for quite some time now, the unnatural version is still finding its way into delis and bodegas.

But officials here said they still have unanswered, vexing questions: How much of the tainted drug is still circulating throughout the Midwest, and how many more people will be sickened?

Synthetic cannabinoids are chemicals sprayed on dried, shredded plant material so they can be smoked or converted to liquids to be vaporized and inhaled in e-cigarettes.

The health department says they are working with state and federal public health officials to combat the issue. Other interventions may be necessary depending on the severity of the poisoning.

"This is the first time bleeding has ever been associated with synthetic cannabinoids", said Professor Paul L. Prather of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at University of Arkansas.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's office said Friday the man died March 28 at a Chicago-area hospital. If they do, they should seek immediate medical treatment.

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