Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
Medicine | By Melba Vasquez

Third Person Dead From Synthetic Pot In Illinois

Third Person Dead From Synthetic Pot In Illinois

The list of people bleeding from the eyes and nose after smoking synthetic marijuana is up to 89 in IL.

IL public health officials say the number of people in IL who have experienced severe bleeding after using synthetic marijuana has increased to 95 cases. Which as it turns out, the Illinois Department of Public Health says getting information to people about these drugs is one of their biggest challenges. "Synthetic cannabinoids in general are not safe and this is one example of not knowing what chemicals are in the product".

"They are not regulated and people don't know what chemicals may be in them, like rat poison", she said. Here's why this lab-created drug is often considered more risky than botanical marijuana.

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Synthetic cannabis is available at convenience stores, gas stations, drug paraphernalia shops and novelty stores, as well as online.

Quincy police Deputy Chief of Operations Doug VanderMaiden said officers saw a jump in synthetic cannabinoids a couple of summers ago but they have not come across it lately.

A man pauses while high on K2 or "Spice", a synthetic marijuana drug, along a street in East Harlem on August 28, 2015 in New York City. These packets typically consist of plant material coated by chemicals, which are supposed to mimic the effects of naturally grown marijuana. Some synthetic cannabinoid product samples related to the outbreak also tested positive for brodifacoum. NPS are unregulated mind-altering substances that have become newly available on the market and are meant to produce the same effects as illegal drugs.

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"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. IDPH has warned that the contaminated drug could be anywhere in the state.

In the 1980s, synthetic cannabinoids were considered research compounds but they are now produced overseas, according to the CDC.

Advocate Eureka Hospital in Eureka has had two patients with bleeding after using synthetic cannabinoids since Friday and both were treated and released, spokesman Eric Alvin said.

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At least two people have died: some 22-year-old Chicago person along with another in Peoria. It wasn't immediately clear if they had legal representation.

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