Both have been cited in a recent wave of synthetic marijuana deaths in IL. The victim, identified as a man in his 40s, experienced severe bleeding before he died.
NY officials issued the warning Monday, reported the Associated Press, alerting medics that severe bleeding in patients with no clear injury who have used synthetic cannabis known as K2 or Spice could be linked to consumption of the drug. A compound found in rat poison is believed to be responsible for the deaths and more than 100 people hospitalized.
The drugs can be found at convenience stores, gas stations, drug paraphernalia shops, novelty stores, and online. Three people have been arrested in Chicago in connection with the investigation.
Once purchased, the synthetic cannabinoids can be sprayed on dried plant materials for smoking, or used as a liquid to be vaporized in e-cigarettes or similar devices. 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.
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"Each day we've seen the number of cases rise", IDPH Director Dr. Nirav D. Shah. said in a released statement.
News 10 spoke to several people who didn't really know much about synthetic cannabinoids. The chemical poisons the blood and causes people to bleed out if they are not treated in time. "While efforts are under way to get contaminated drugs out of circulation, it's possible they could re-emerge".
Officials say the chemicals can be "unpredictable, harmful and deadly".
Synthetic marijuana, also known as spice, is causing violent behavior and unsafe overdoses across the country.
Public health officials have said the product is not safe, and urge that if anyone has purchased it they shouldn't use it. But if anyone does have a bad reaction, like severe bleeding, they should call 911 or have someone take them to the hospital immediately.