State health officials warn about synthetic pot; severe bleeding, deaths reported

  • State health officials warn about synthetic pot; severe bleeding, deaths reported

State health officials warn about synthetic pot; severe bleeding, deaths reported

The death toll in this outbreak remains at two.

Another case was also reported outside of IL for the first time. "Hospitals can treat these patients, so if they seek medical attention soon enough they can get treatment", said Dr. Arunkumar.

All of the cases involved unexplained bleeding, such as coughing up blood, blood in the urine, bloody nose or bleeding gums.

The Maryland case is still being investigated and it is unclear if rat poison is also being put in synthetic marijuana being sold in the state, Anderson said.

At least two people have died; A 22-year-old Chicago man who died last month and another in Peoria.

However, Prather also thinks its possible that the bleeding could've been caused by a yet-to-be identified chemical that was reportedly first identified in 2012. Officials said there has been one confirmed case in Wisconsin.

The Illinois Department of Public Health and Lake County Health Department issued a joint statement Friday "urging people to not use synthetic cannabinoids, often called Spice, K2, or fake weed".

Synthetic cannabinoids are chemicals sprayed on dried, shredded plant material so they can be smoked or converted to liquids to be vaporized and inhaled in e-cigarettes.

The state's website says many forms of artificial pot are already illegal but new ones are created every day and that's leaving health officials concerned. Other interventions may be necessary depending on the severity of the poisoning. They reported that there have been 95 cases of severe bleeding, and nearly 30 of those cases happened in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs.

Some people who are required to endure routine drug testing usage synthetic marijuana to find high because its components in many cases are hard to detect on evaluations. The ingredients are banned in IL but manufacturers try to get around these laws by using different ingredients or using the label "not for human consumption". The person's current medical status was not immediately disclosed.