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10 April 2018, 08:33 | Melissa Porter
Bleeding from synthetic marijuana up to 95 cases in Illinois
Health officials say dozens of people in IL experienced severe bleeding after using synthetic marijuana, and some tested positive for an anticoagulant used as rat poison. IL authories said more than 100 people have also experienced the severe bleeding.
Two of the deaths occurred in men who were in their 20s; the third was a man in his 40s.
Dried plants dosed with psychoactive chemicals is marketed as K2 or spice. Many people have tested positive for brodifacoum, a lethal anticoagulant often used in rat poison. They can be smoked or sold as liquids to be vaporized in e-cigarettes and other devices.
Though the synthetic cannabis is illegal, the key can be to look at the packaging to determine if that's what it contains, Stenger added.
"It is never unusual for something to be put into the street drug or synthetic drug as 'filler, ' increasing the supply with a variety of other substances", Will County Health Department Behavioral Health Director Dr. Joe Troiani, pictured above, said in a news release.
Individuals who have been sickened by the synthetic cannabinoids have reported coughing up blood, blood in the urine, severe bloody nose, bleeding gums, and/or internal bleeding. They're called cannabinoids because their chemicals are similar to what can be found in a real marijuana plant.
The state Department of Health has advised local hospitals, emergency departments and urgent care centers to keep an eye out for patients who may have ingested the poison, according to a recent announcement by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
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