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3rd person in IL dies after use of fake weed

11 April 2018, 11:24 | Violet Powell

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The man-made drugs are sprayed onto dried plant material and can be smoke or vaporized.

Synthetic cannabinoids, also known as K2 or Spice, has been linked to 56 cases in which people in the state experienced severe bleeding after using the substance, officials with the Illinois Department of Public Health said in a statement.

107 people in Central Illinois and the Chicago-area have suffered severe bleeding after using synthetic marijuana products. The users were hospitalized - and two of them died - after coughing up blood, finding blood in their urine or bleeding from their noses or gums, officials said.

Brodifacoum, a lethal anticoagulant often used in rat poison, has been found in individuals who were sickened by the drugs. "However, synthetic cannabinoids are unregulated and identifying a source or sources is hard". "While efforts are under way to get contaminated drugs out of circulation, it's possible they could re-emerge".

Their state health department reports that at least 9-5 people statewide are becoming sick since early March soon after eating synthetic bud.

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A ruling on his cause of death was pending further investigation, but he told family members he smoked synthetic marijuana in the days leading up to his death, authorities said.

Makers of synthetic cannabis have attempted to bypass state and federal laws banning certain strains or chemical compounds by labelling the substance not fit for human consumption.

The third synthetic marijuana-related fatality comes after three Chicago-area convenience store clerks were charged for allegedly selling synthetic cannabinoids laced with rodent poison, police said. They're called cannabinoids because their chemicals are similar to what can be found in a real marijuana plant. Marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and others are often laced with unsafe ingredients to stretch out the supply or another product completely can be substituted.

Friday's updated number includes two deaths and is up from 56 cases reported Monday.

The CDC and the IDPH are urging anyone who has a reaction to synthetic cannabinoids, including severe bleeding, to seek emergency medical treatment.



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