Third Person Dead From Synthetic Pot In Illinois

Another death from synthetic pot outbreak in Illinois

NY health care providers are being urged to be on high alert for severe bleeding cases that could be linked to synthetic marijuana use. Two of the men who died were in their 20s and the third man was in his 40s.

It said possible symptoms from using the drugs are coughing up blood, blood in urine, severe bloody noses and bleeding gums.

This comes a week after officials with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services sent out a warning to residents about the spike in issues linked to the use of synthetic marijuana containing brodifacoum in neighboring IL.

"Each day, we've seen the number of cases rise", IDPH Director Dr. Nirav Shah said in a prepared statement.

Police said the victim admitted to family members that he had used synthetic marijuana in the days preceding his death.

Three men who are convenience store clerks in North Lawndale have been arrested and face federal drug charges for allegedly illegally selling synthetic cannabis.

A ruling on his cause of death was pending further investigation, but he told family members he smoked synthetic marijuana in the days leading up to his death, authorities said.

Synthetic cannabinoids are found across IL and the U.S.in places like convenience stores, gas stations, drug paraphernalia shops, novelty stores, and online.

What the state health department says it's struggling with most is getting potential users information on how unsafe these drugs can be.

"Just (Monday) we sent information from the Illinois Department of Public Health's website on the situation out to our officers for their awareness", he said.

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

"Synthetic cannabinoids are part of a group of drugs called new psychoactive substances (NPS)".

Anyone who has a reaction to synthetic cannabinoids, such as severe bleeding, should call 911 or have someone take them to the emergency department immediately.

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