Rat poison chemical linked to synthetic pot smoker death

09 April, 2018, 04:41 | Author: Hope Soto
  • First Maryland case of bleeding from synthetic marijuana reported

If you have been exposed to synthetic marijuana, doctors say it's important to seek immediate medical attention.

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

Three men are being held without bail after being charged with selling synthetic marijuana that has been linked to at least two deaths.

Health officials in IL first reported the outbreak of severe bleeding due to contaminated drugs on March 30. Cook County's Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Ponni Arunkumar said synthetic marijuana is risky enough. Lu says that brodifacoum poisoning effects can last weeks to months. Because of this similarity, synthetic cannabinoids are sometimes misleadingly called "synthetic marijuana" (or "fake weed"), and they are often marketed as safe, legal alternatives to that drug.

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The men are described as being of Caucasian appearance, with thin builds, shaved heads and tattoos. CCPD says the robbers physically assaulted several apartment residents before officers arrived.

The Maryland Poison Center at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy received information on Tuesday about a fake weed user who was hospitalized because of severe bleeding.

But officials here said they still have unanswered, vexing questions: How much of the tainted drug is still circulating throughout the Midwest, and how many more people will be sickened? Synthetic marijuana is a human-made, mind-altering chemical that is either sprayed on dried, shredded plant material to be smoked or sold as liquids to be vaporized and inhaled in e-cigarettes and other devices. Other interventions may be necessary depending on the severity of the poisoning.

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.

Some people who are required to undergo routine drug testing use synthetic marijuana to get high because its components are often hard to detect on tests. The person's current medical status was not immediately disclosed.



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