State health officials warn about synthetic pot; severe bleeding, deaths reported

State health officials warn about synthetic pot; severe bleeding, deaths reported

State health officials warn about synthetic pot; severe bleeding, deaths reported

At least nine patients have tested positive for a substance known as brodifacoum, a chemical used in rat poison, with symptoms including nosebleeds, blood in urine, coughing up blood and bleeding gums.

CDC has issued a dire warning about life-threading bleeding linked to synthetic marijuana on Thursday after a total of 94 people were rushed to emergency departments across the states of Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, and Wisconsin with serious bleeding between March 10 and April 5.

According to the statement, state health officials have received reports of 89 cases across IL, including two deaths, linked to an outbreak since March 7. He is one of two confirmed deaths in IL from synthetic cannabis.

"These recent cases of severe bleeding are evidence of the risks associated with synthetic cannabinoids and the harm these products can cause", said State Health Officer Karen McKeown.

The synthetic marijuana could contain brodifacoum - a powder poison. The findings were reported by the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

Brodifacoum, which is used as rat poison, impairs blood clotting in humans and can cause fatal gastrointestinal and intracerebral hemorrhage. To make Spice, manufacturers spray mind-altering and often toxic chemicals on inert plant material.

Some people who are required to endure routine drug testing usage synthetic marijuana to find high because its components in many cases are hard to detect on evaluations.

These chemicals are called cannabinoids because they act on the same brain cell receptors as the main active ingredient in marijuana.

"While public health officials in MI have not been made aware of any cases to date, the fact IL is a neighboring state gives us cause for concern", Dr. Eden Wells, the department's chief medical executive, said in the release.

Other labels given to the product include "K2" and " Spice", two brand names that have now become part of the drug lexicon.

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