Published: Mon, April 09, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

New synthetic marijuana causes severe bleeding

New synthetic marijuana causes severe bleeding

The substance, brodifacoum, is an off-white, odorless powder poison, widely used to kill rodents that have become resistant to existing poisons. This has included 60 hospitalizations and two deaths.

Since March 10, 89 people in IL have been rushed to the hospital with severe bleeding from the eyes and ears after using a synthetic marijuana product, per a report from Gizmodo. In the case of the latest outbreak, Gizmodo reports that several patients have tested positive for brodifacoum, which is common in rodenticide, leading medical experts to suspect the product causing the outbreak was laced with rat poison. Hospital of Cook County said in the ME's release.

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Severe and uncontrollable bleeding, hallucinations and even death.

"This poisoning is unique in that its effects can last weeks to months", Dr. Jenny Lu, a toxicologist at John H. Stoger Jr. Public health officials say the product is not safe and if anyone has purchased it they shouldn't use it.

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A Thursday statement from the University of Maryland says a person was hospitalized earlier this week to treat bleeding issues. Dr. Lu said most of her patients are unaware that the drug they've used in the past might now be laced with a risky poison. Also known as fake weed, it is sold for recreational drug use under brand names such as K2, Spice, Black Mamba, Bombay Blue, Genie, Zohai and others. They reported that there have been 95 cases of severe bleeding, and nearly 30 of those cases happened in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs.

Synthetic marijuana is manmade, and either sprayed on dried plant material to be smoked or sold as liquids to be used in e-cigarettes and other devices. The illnesses in IL, which have resulted in 60 hospitalizations, have been associated with use of synthetic marijuana products, the health department said. Anyone suffering from bruising, bleeding from the gums, nosebleeds, vomiting blood, or blood in urine after using fake weed must immediately seek medical attention.

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