Synthetic Marijuana Situation In Illinois Kills 2, Number Of Cases Still Growing

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Emergency rooms in IL are noticing a spike in synthetic pot users suffering from "severe bleeding", and state health officials are warning the public to remain vigilant. These chemicals are called cannabinoids because they are similar to chemicals found in the marijuana plant, however their effects on health can be unpredictable, harmful, and even deadly. "Preliminary testing of some of the cannabinoids purchased by the undercover officer revealed a detectable amount of brodifacoum, a toxic substance frequently used in rat poison". She noted that out of everyone tested, nine tested positive for an anticoagulant called brodifacoum, often used in rat poison.

Two deaths and 54 other cases of severe bleeding in cases across Chicago and in central IL have been tied to synthetic cannabinoids - often called Spice, K2 or fake weed. The products, which have been around for years, can be smoked or vaporized in e-cigarettes and are commonly sold in convenience stores, gas stations and drug paraphernalia shops across the United States. All 56 have required hospitalization for hemorrhaging; so far the bulk of the cases have been in Chicago, Cook County or Tazewell County, but others are scattered as far as Peoria.

"Despite the perception that synthetic cannabinoids are safe and a legal alternative to marijuana, many are illegal and can cause severe illness", IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah said in a statement earlier this week. "IDPH is continuing to work with local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to try to identify common products".

The owner of a Chicago convenience store and two employees have been charged with selling synthetic marijuana that has been linked to two deaths.

Officials had never before seen a death in Chicago related to fake weed, Arnold said.

This isn't the first time a region of the United States has seen an outbreak of health problems tied to synthetic cannabinoids.

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"There could be additional deaths coming; it is hard to say", Arnold added.

These medical emergencies come less than a year after almost 80 people in Lancaster County overdosed on synthetic marijuana in less than 72 hours.

'Because these products are not regulated, it's hard to know the chemical make-up, source and distribution'.

Synthetic cannabinoids are human-made, mind-altering chemicals that are sprayed on to dried plant material.

One study of a synthetic cannabinoid found that it was 85 times as potent as tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the mind-altering chemical in marijuana. Tell your health care providers about the possible link between your symptoms and synthetic cannabinoid use.

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