Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
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Synthetic Marijuana Laced With Rat Poison is Causing Uncontrollable Bleeding, NYPD Warns

Synthetic Marijuana Laced With Rat Poison is Causing Uncontrollable Bleeding, NYPD Warns

Three people in IL have died after experiencing severe bleeding linked to use of synthetic marijuana, health officials say, and a chemical used in rat poison has been detected in at least one of those cases.

The death of a man in his 40s is the most recent fatality linked to use of synthetic cannabinoids, according to a statement released by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Two of the deaths were men in their 20's; the third was a man in his 40's.

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. A strain of the drug is causing life threatening bleeding. Symptoms included coughing up blood, blood in urine, a severe bloody nose, bleeding gums and/or internal bleeding, according to the statement. It "impairs blood clotting in humans and can cause fatal gastrointestinal and intracerebral hemorrhage".

It can be made from any one of dozens of chemical compounds manufactured in labs in China, the USA and eastern Europe. "However, synthetic cannabinoids are unregulated and identifying a source or sources is hard".

The illegal drugs are sold in convenience stores, gas stations and online. It brings the total to three in the state.

"We need to make sure we are educating people about the differences. Very severe bleeding that's prompting them to go to the emergency room". The number of cases reported in the message include: 89 in IL, two in IN, one in Maryland, one in Missouri and one in Wisconsin. The CDC and the IDPH previously issued warnings about the adverse effects of synthetic cannabinoids, following 6 reports of severe bleeding between March 10 and 27.

According to WGN 9, since March, 107 people in Ilinois have been affected and three died. Many of these individuals have tested positive for brodifacoum, a lethal anticoagulant that is often used in rat poison. The packets seized were labeled with such names as "Matrix", "Blue Giant", and "Crazy Monkey".

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