More than 100 people in five states, including Missouri, have been treated in the past month for “serious unexplained bleeding” believed to be linked to inhaling fake marijuana laced with rat poison, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Illinois alone has reported 107 cases, and three people have died, the state’s Department of Public Health said Monday. People have been hospitalized for coughing up blood, blood in the urine, severe bloody nose and bleeding gums.
Elsewhere, two people have been hospitalized in Indiana, one in Maryland, one in Wisconsin and one in Missouri.
Citing privacy reasons, health officials have declined to say exactly where the Missouri case was reported, according to Fox 2 in St. Louis, but on Monday, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services shared a message from CDC about the recent use of synthetic cannabinoids, which also go by the names fake weed, synthetic marijuana, K2 and spice.
CDC lab testing found that at least 18 people have been exposed to a deadly chemical that likely contaminated the synthetic marijuana: brodifacoum, which is typically used for killing rodents and other pests.
Some of the synthetic marijuana related to these cases also tested positive for brodifacoum, the CDC said.
The Illinois Department of Public Health issued its own warnings late last month after 38