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Third death reported from synthetic cannabinoids

Third death reported from synthetic cannabinoids”

It is often sprayed on dried plants so it can also be smoked, vaped or otherwise consumed similarly.

KWQC reports three people have died in IL after experiencing severe bleeding from using the drug.

107 people in Central Illinois and the Chicago-area have suffered severe bleeding after using synthetic marijuana products. Two of the men who died were in their 20s and the third man was in his 40s. Symptoms may range from unexplained bruising, bleeding from the nose or gums, blood in the urine or stools, coughing up or vomiting blood, to bleeding in the brain.

Nine of the cases have tested positive for brodifacoum, a lethal anticoagulant used in rat poison.

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"Each day we've seen the number of cases rise", IDPH Director Dr. Nirav D. Shah. said in a released statement.

In 2016, the Governor announced a new series of aggressive enforcement actions to combat the illegal sale of K2 and other synthetic cannabinoids.

Officials in NY are warning medics about a new form of synthetic marijuana laced with rat poison that it is believed to cause uncontrollable bleeding. "While there have been no current reports of these symptoms in NY, we are asking public health officials to keep an eye out and to remind people that this poison is unsafe, unpredictable and seems to be getting more so with each passing year".

Chris Stone, CEO of HCI Alternatives. a medical marijuana dispensary in Springfield and the metro east, says he has concerns about the impact of synthetic marijuana on the medical cannabis industry.

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Adams County Sheriff Brian VonderHaar said deputies also haven't noticed a jump in synthetic cannabinoids in the county.

Many different chemical compounds are used to manufacture so-called synthetic marijuana.

The chemicals are similar to those found in natural marijuana.

This death comes after three Chicago convenience store clerks were charged earlier this the month for allegedly selling the synthetic cannabinoids laced with the known rodent poison, according to police.

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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. Anyone who has a reaction to synthetic cannabinoids should call 911 or have someone take them to the emergency department immediately, according to IDPH.



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