Three Chicago men charged for selling lethal fake marijuana

Three Chicago men charged for selling lethal fake marijuana

Three Chicago men charged for selling lethal fake marijuana

As of last week, officials had reported 22 people taken to the ER with severe bleeding connected to synthetic cannabinoid products since March 7, the Chicago Tribune reports. "The health effects from using synthetic cannabinoids can be unpredictable and harmful-even life threatening", the statement read.

Nine of the cases have tested positive for brodifacoum, a lethal anticoagulant often used as rat poison.

Two men in IL have died and 56 people have been hospitalized with severe bleeding after using synthetic pot, new reports have said.

All of the cases required hospitalization related to coughing up blood, blood in the urine, bloody nose, bleeding gums and other symptoms.

Among the 56 IL cases reported as of Monday, 54 were reported from Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kankakee, McLean, Peoria, Tazewell and Will counties, and two cases are under investigation.

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

The Cook County sheriff's office is working with state officials to identify the source of the synthetic marijuana associated with the outbreak, said spokeswoman Cara Smith.

"There could be additional deaths coming; it is hard to say", Arnold added.

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"This is the first time we've seen an outbreak of this magnitude in the area", she was quoted by the Fox affiliate as saying.

These medical emergencies come less than a year after almost 80 people in Lancaster County overdosed on synthetic marijuana in less than 72 hours. "However, synthetic cannabinoids are unregulated and identifying a source or sources is hard".

In 2016, 33 people in Brooklyn were made ill from suspected overdoses of synthetic pot.

From 2010 to 2015, the number of poisonings from toxic exposures surged across the United States, revealing 456 cases involving synthetic cannabinoids, according to a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Synthetic cannabinoids are mind-altering chemicals that are either sprayed on dried, shredded plant material for smoking or sold as liquids to be vaporized and inhaled in e-cigarettes and other devices, IDPH said.

Synthetic cannabinoids are a man-made mix of chemicals marketed as safe alternatives to marijuana.

In the 1980s, synthetic cannabinoids were considered research compounds but they are now produced overseas, according to the CDC.

"They include things like seizures, heart attack, kidney failure", said Lank, who was not involved in treating the recent synthetic cannabinoid cases.

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