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Alarm sounded on new form of synthetic marijuana


The drugs are known to cause severe bleeding, internal bleeding, bleeding gums and other symptoms. Health officials have warned that Spice is not safe to use.

A third person who experienced severe bleeding after using synthetic marijuana has died in IL, health officials confirmed. "We strongly urge everyone to not use synthetic cannabinoids". The action is in response to several reports from other states of life-threatening bleeding cases that have been caused by the consumption of synthetic marijuana containing a pesticide commonly found in rat poison.

Chris Stone, CEO of HCI Alternatives. a medical marijuana dispensary in Springfield and the metro east, says he has concerns about the impact of synthetic marijuana on the medical cannabis industry. Synthetic cannabinoids can be bought across the United States in convenience stores, drug paraphernalia shops, and novelty stores, as well as at gas stations and online.

"The synthetic cannabinoids were packaged in sealed containers and labeled with such names as "Matrix, ' 'Blue Giant" and 'Crazy Monkey, '" federal agents said about the drugs associated with these cases.

They are "similar to chemicals found in the marijuana plant", and health effects "can be unpredictable, harmful and deadly". "Synthetic cannabinoids are unsafe. Some of these substances may have been around for years but have reentered the market in altered chemical forms, or due to renewed popularity".




Authorities say several patients and samples of fake weed from IL have tested positive for a lethal ingredient often used in rat poison.

In a statement on April 9, Nirav D. Shah, MD, JD, director of the IDPH, said that the agency has since seen the number of cases rise daily. And what's even more worrisome is its unknown what is in these products because of the mixture of chemicals.

The CDC has concurred that the use of synthetic cannabinoids can lead to serious illness or death.

Lisa Slater of the McLean County Health Department, Andrea Ingwersen of Woodford County and Sara Sparkman of Tazewell County confirmed their counties' numbers of cases.

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