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Bleeding from synthetic marijuana up to 81 cases in Illinois

06 April 2018

- An alert has been issued for a new fake weed product that has potentially deadly effects.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is warning people about the dangers of synthetic cannabinoids, often called "fake weed", "K2" and "spice" amid reports of severe bleeding linked to two deaths in IL.

Brodifacoum has been identified as the cause of 70 cases of uncontrolled bleeding reported between March 7 and April 2 being investigated by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Thursday's updated number includes two deaths and is up from 56 cases reported Monday. It was first introduced in 1975 to eliminate rodents that had become resistant to existing poisons.

Authorities there believe the synthetic marijuana was laced with rat poison, which had the affect of taking high doses of blood thinners, Anderson said. Public health officials say the product is not safe and if anyone has purchased it they shouldn't use it. There are 70 cases of severe bleeding, including two deaths, linked with synthetic cannabinoids - often called Spice, K2 or fake weed - across Chicago and areas in central IL. They are hundreds of different chemicals that are either sprayed on to dried plant material or sold as liquids to be vaped.

They say you should call 911 or go to the hospital if someone you know has a serious reaction.

Bleeding from synthetic marijuana up to 81 cases in Illinois