Officials issue warning for synthetic marijuana laced with rat poison

Lydia Fleming
April 11, 2018

Sprayed onto dried plant material, they can be smoked or are sold as liquids to be vaporized in e-cigarettes.

IL public health officials say the number of people in IL who have experienced severe bleeding after using synthetic marijuana has increased to 95 cases.

All 3 of the deaths associated with synthetic cannabinoids were men, 2 in their 20s and 1 in his 40s.

Symptoms include coughing up blood, blood in urine, and bleeding from the nose, eyes and gums.

Federal officers said artificial cannabinoids have been packaged in sealed containers tagged with titles like "Matrix, ' 'Blue Giant" and 'insane Monkey.' Testing of the products demonstrated brodifacoum, a toxic substance often used in rat poison.

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The number was 56 cases a week ago. "Synthetic cannabinoids are unsafe".

"The health and safety of New Yorkers is our number one priority", Cuomo said of synthetic marijuana use.

There are also state laws and local ordinances that make synthetic drugs illegal, but that doesn't mean there's no chance someone in the county might get a hold of them, Stenger said.

"We need to make sure we are educating people about the differences".

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

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.

Several strains of Spice made to mimic the effect of marijuana's psychoactive compound THC have emerged in recent years.

The state issued the warning Monday.

Officials say the chemicals can be "unpredictable, harmful and deadly".

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If you experience any symptoms, call 911 or have someone drive you to a hospital emergency department immediately, Foley and Sparkman said.

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