Third synthetic marijuana user dies in IL after severe bleeding

  • Third synthetic marijuana user dies in IL after severe bleeding

Third synthetic marijuana user dies in IL after severe bleeding

The Indiana and MI state health departments are on alert as such cases - some instances involving synthetic cannabinoids laced with rat poison - are now being reported as a significant problem in neighboring IL over the past month.

There haven't been any reported cases of severe bleeding due to synthetic marijuana use in NY, but the state Department of Health wants hospitals and other medical facilities to be aware of the problem.

Two people in their 20s died last week; the third death was a man in his 40s, according to Illinois Department of Public Health.

The drugs can be found at convenience stores, gas stations, drug paraphernalia shops, novelty stores, and online.

"The health and safety of New Yorkers is our number one priority", Cuomo said of synthetic marijuana use. The drugs are known to cause severe bleeding, internal bleeding, bleeding gums and other symptoms. Three people have died, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

A ruling on his cause of death was pending further investigation, but he told family members he smoked synthetic marijuana in the days leading up to his death, authorities said. Some synthetic cannabinoid product samples related to the outbreak also tested positive for brodifacoum.

In Peoria County, 29 people have been hospitalized in recent weeks while 32 others have been hospitalized in nearby Tazewell County, according to state health officials.

"We continue to see the number of cases rise", Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the state's Department of Public Health, said in the statement.

"Anyone who's used synthetic marijuana who has had a bloody nose, vomiting blood, or had blood in their urine should go to the emergency room right away", Mertz said.

Synthetic marijuana is marketed as legal and sold in colorful packets with street names such as K2, Spice and AK-47. "We are telling people don't use synthetic cannabinoids".

The chemicals are similar to those found in natural marijuana.

Makers of synthetic cannabis have attempted to bypass state and federal laws banning certain strains or chemical compounds by labelling the substance not fit for human consumption. Many synthetic cannabinoids also are illegal.