CNN reports that at least three of the samples from this recent outbreak were found to contain rat poison, with subsequent lab tests verifying the deadly chemical was found in at least 18 of the aforementioned patients. A high enough dose of brodifacoum ingested by a human will prevent the body from properly clotting blood.
Public health officials say the number of people who have experienced severe bleeding after using synthetic marijuana has increased to 81. With over 90 cases and two deaths reported in the last 30 days, health officials are warning people to stay away from the substance.
Some people who are required to undergo routine drug testing use synthetic marijuana to get high because its components are often hard to detect on tests.
Sold as K2 or "Spice", synthetic cannabinoids are chemicals that are "sprayed on dried, shredded plant material so they can be smoked or sold as liquids to be vaporized and inhaled in e-cigarettes and other devices", according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
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The majority of the IL patients told authorities the synthetic weed was obtained from either a convenience store or a friend. According to investigators, they both sold tainted synthetic marijuana at a Chicago convenience store. All reported using synthetic cannabinoids. The person's current medical status was not immediately disclosed.
"Public health agencies are reporting that patients who admitted to smoking synthetic cannabinoids are presenting to hospitals with severe bleeding and testing positive for brodifacoum, ' Dr. Ponni Arunkumar, the chief medical examiner, said in a statement". Typical side effects include seizures, panic attacks, confusion, and possible kidney failure. Doctors have attributed the cases to a type rat poison found in the synthetic pot.
Wisconsin law bans the sale of synthetic cannabinoids. Without more information, IDPH does not know how much contaminated product is circulating or where.