Second Death Due to Synthetic Cannabinoids

Second Death Due to Synthetic Cannabinoids

Second Death Due to Synthetic Cannabinoids

As of Monday, there have been 56 people in the Chicago area and central IL - including the two fatalities - experiencing severe bleeding after using these products, public health officials said.

Health officials warn that anyone who has a reaction to synthetic cannabinoids immediately should call 911 or be taken to an emergency department.

Several of the cases have been linked to brodifacoum, a toxic substance used in rat poison.

Three cases tested positive for brodifacoum, or rat poison, according to a statement from the Illinois Department of Public Health on Saturday.

In a follow-up of the outbreak of severe bleeding due to the use of synthetic cannabinoids, IL health officials report an additional 18 cases and one death, bringing the outbreak total to 56 severe bleeding cases and two deaths since March 7.

All cases have required hospitalization for symptoms such as coughing up blood, blood in the urine, severe bloody nose, and/or bleeding gums.

There also were five cases in Cook County, two in Kankakee County, 14 in Peoria County, 12 in Tazewell County and one in each of the counties of DuPage, Kane, McLean and Will.


"Despite the perception that synthetic cannabinoids are safe and a legal alternative to marijuana, many are illegal and can cause severe illness", IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah said in a statement earlier this week.

Health officials urge those who have purchased synthetic cannabinoid products within the past month - whether it was from a convenience store or a dealer - to not use the product. There have been 10 additional cases in the collar counties and more than two dozen in downstate IL.

Officials had never before seen a death in Chicago related to fake weed, Arnold said. "We're doing whatever we can with regards to outreach to notify any who may be impacted by this outbreak".

Since 2015 hundreds of people across the USA have overdosed and been hospitalized after smoking too much or bad batches of synthetic cannabis. "However, synthetic cannabinoids are unregulated and identifying a source or sources is hard".

The number of acute poisonings from synthetic cannabinoids rose sharply between 2010 and 2015, according to a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2016.

Synthetic cannabinoids are sprayed on to dried plant material and then either smoked or vaped. The men, 48-year-old Fouad Masoud, 44-year-old Jamil Jad Allah and 44-year-old Adil Mohammed, were arrested on Sunday and charged with federal drug offenses for conspiring to sell synthetic marijuana, known as K2, at King Mini Mart in the 1300-block of South Kedzie Avenue. Tell your health care providers about the possible link between your symptoms and synthetic cannabinoid use.

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