A third person who experienced severe bleeding after using synthetic marijuana has died in Illinois, health officials confirmed.
There are now 107 people in central Illinois and the Chicago area who experienced severe bleeding after using the synthetic pot, often called spice, K2 or fake weed, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
“Each day we’ve seen the number of cases rise,” said director of the IDPH Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “Synthetic cannabinoids are unsafe. They are not regulated and people don’t know what chemicals may be in them, like rat poison. While efforts are underway to get the contaminated drugs out of circulation, it’s possible they could re-emerge. We urge people not to use synthetic cannabinoids now or ever.”
This death follows three convience store clerks in Chicago being charged for allegedly selling the synthetic cannabinoids laced with the known rodent poison, according to police. Health officials said some people who have used it have coughed up blood, found blood in their urine, had bleeding gums or bloody noses or internal bleeding.
The department said that “numerous have tested positive for brodifacoum, a lethal anticoagulant often used in rat poison.”
The people who died were all men, two in their 20s and