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'Fake weed' causing illness, deaths in IL not being reported locally

'Fake weed' causing illness, deaths in IL not being reported locally

A third person has died after experiencing severe bleeding from synthetic marijuana use in IL, health officials said.

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. The department says two deaths were men in their 20s and a third death was a man in his 40s.

Those who have been affected by the synthetic marijuana with brodifacoum have coughed up blood, experienced blood in the urine, and other reported symptoms include a severe bloody nose, bleeding gums and internal bleeding. A number of the 107 people who experienced bleeding tested positive for brodifacoum, a lethal anticoagulant often found in rat poison.

"Synthetic cannabinoids are unsafe", said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shad, M.D., J.D.

Arnold says, "What we're seeing is a difficulty in getting the message out to the people who are actually using the synthetic cannabinoids". "They are not regulated and people don't know what chemicals may be in them, like rate poison".

"Overdose deaths have been attributed to the abuse of synthetic cannabinoids, including death by heart attack", according to the website of the Drug Enforcement Agency.

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Another person has died from using synthetic marijuana.

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 CDC also recommends providers report suspected cases associated with synthetic marijuana to their local health department.

"These chemicals are called cannabinoids because they are similar to chemicals found in the marijuana plant".

Lisa Slater of the McLean County Health Department, Andrea Ingwersen of Woodford County and Sara Sparkman of Tazewell County confirmed their counties' numbers of cases.

Some convenience stores, gas stations, other shops and websites sell synthetic cannabinoids.

The CDC has concurred that the use of synthetic cannabinoids can lead to serious illness or death.


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