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First Maryland case of bleeding from synthetic marijuana reported

First Maryland case of bleeding from synthetic marijuana reported

The state has reported two other deaths linked to synthetic marijuana use. The 70 cases were reported between March 7 and April 2. "Hospitals can treat these patients, so if they seek medical attention soon enough they can get treatment", said Dr. Arunkumar.

"Seeing blood in their urine or they may be bleeding uncontrollably from their nose". There are 70 cases of severe bleeding, including two deaths, linked with synthetic cannabinoids - often called Spice, K2 or fake weed - across Chicago and areas in central IL.

Synthetic weed has claimed the lives of at least two people in IL, and the analysis revealed that one of the victims had traces of a chemical used in rat poison.

A pesticide used to kill rodents has been identified as the poison in fake weed that is causing uncontrolled bleeding in users. "Even without symptoms, the blood's ability to clot is severely impaired and risk of bleeding is high", said Dr. Jenny Lu, a toxicologist and emergency medicine physician at Stroger Hospital.

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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.

While there have been no reported cases of complications from using synthetic cannabis, Lake County Health Department Executive Director Mark Pfister said in the statement that local officials are monitoring the situation.

It's a man-made, mind-altering chemical which is either sprayed on dried shredded plant material to be smoked, or sold as a liquid to be vaporized and inhaled. Other interventions may be necessary depending on the severity of the poisoning.

The Associated Press reported Thursday that bleeding linked to the use of synthetic weed had increased to 89 cases in neighboring IL. In 2015, the NYPD seized $10 million worth of the drug, and more than 30 people were hospitalized after a massive K2 overdose in the city. The person's current medical status was not immediately disclosed.


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