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Synthetic marijuana linked to 3rd death in IL

Synthetic marijuana linked to 3rd death in IL

It is often sprayed on dried plants so it can also be smoked, vaped or otherwise consumed similarly.

"So if people know of somebody who uses a synthetic cannabinoid type product or might use it, we ask that you help spread the word and let them know this is a unsafe product that has been actually fatal in three cases in IL".

NY health care providers are being urged to be on high alert for severe bleeding cases that could be linked to synthetic marijuana use.

Two of the deaths were men in their 20's; the third was a man in his 40's.

People who have been sickened have reported coughing up blood, blood in their urine, severe bloody nose, bleeding gums or internal bleeding.

This comes a week after officials with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services sent out a warning to residents about the spike in issues linked to the use of synthetic marijuana containing brodifacoum in neighboring IL.

The number was 56 cases a week ago.

The Coles County Health Department joined with departments statewide in issuing a warning about possible dangers of synthetic cannabis use.

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Public health officials have said the product is not safe, and urge that if anyone has purchased it they shouldn't use it.

The Missouri Department of Health and Human Services is asking healthcare providers to be on the lookout for any signs that a patient have been using synthetic cannabinoids.

While other IL communities have reported an increase of synthetic cannabinoid products, local law enforcement agencies say they have not seen an uptick.

The federal and state governments have taken action against synthetic marijuana and other drugs by banning chemical compounds used to manufacture the products.

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. Public health investigation indicates that synthetic cannabinoids were likely contaminated with brodifacoum.

They are "similar to chemicals found in the marijuana plant", and health effects "can be unpredictable, harmful and deadly".

Synthetic cannabinoids are classified as a controlled substance and their possession can lead to misdemeanor or felony charges depending on the amount possessed. Many synthetic cannabinoids also are illegal.