1 death, 45 hospitalization due to Synthetic Weed in IL

1 death, 45 hospitalization due to Synthetic Weed in IL

1 death, 45 hospitalization due to Synthetic Weed in IL

In addition to other symptoms, fake weed users are bleeding from their eyes and ears.

An undercover buy handled by the Chicago Police Department found several packages of K2 on one of the employees and almost 2,000 grams of the substance in a bucket behind the store, according to the Chicago Tribune. "IDPH is continuing to work with local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to try to identify common products". The first fatality linked to the drugs was reported Friday. There's 1 case in each McLean, DuPage, Will, and Kane counties.

IL officials say that there have been dozens of cases of bleeding triggered by the smoking of synthetic marijuana.

All cases have required hospitalization for symptoms such as coughing up blood, blood in the urine, severe bloody nose, and/or bleeding gums. IDPH spokeswoman Melaney Arnold told the Chicago newspaper that the product is banned for sale across the state, but some manufacturers alter the "molecular makeup of the products" to "get around" the law. "However, synthetic cannabinoids are unregulated and identifying a source or sources is hard".

Manufacturers first started to sell synthetic pot in the early 2000s, marketing them as "safe" alternatives to marijuana that do not show up on drug tests.

"These chemicals are called cannabinoids because they act on the same brain cell receptors as the main active ingredient in marijuana", IDPH explained, warning that the drug's impact can be life-threatening.

But often, the chemicals have drastically different and risky effects.

It can lead to hypoprothrombinemia, a blood disorder that causes impaired blood clotting and excessive bleeding. "We strongly urge everyone not to use synthetic cannabinoids".

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Pharmacists have been asked to warn people that over-the-counter vitamin K supplements are not strong enough to treat hypoprothrombinemia.

Now, at least one person in IL has died from K2, the Chicago Tribune reported. Masoud was arrested outside his home with a large bag containing approximately $280,000, police said. It can be deadly, and state investigators said two people have died ingesting K2, and nine people had taken drugs made with rat poison.

"We continue to see the number of cases rise", Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the state's Department of Public Health, said in the statement.

Though 17 of the recent cases were tied to synthetic cannabinoid products in Chicago, contaminated products could be statewide, the Department of Public Health noted.

In November 2016, about 300 people in St. Louis were hospitalized from overdoses of synthetic versions of THC.

Government agencies are finally beginning to crack down on the unregulated substance.

K2 was long sold in corner stores, wrapped in bright packaging and bearing a "not for human consumption" stamp.

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