Health Department: Synthetic cannabinoids blamed for bleeding death

Be advised! Synthetic cannabinoid products linked to severe bleedingPN EditorThursday

Around six people had faced severe bleeding since March 10, 2018, in northeastern IL. Dr. Melissa Millewich, an emergency room physician at an IL hospital, said it's a new symptom for the drug, which some erroneously view as a safe alternative to pot.

IL bans synthetic marijuana, but some manufacturers have been able to bypass strict laws by making slight modifications to the product to sell them legally.

Most of the cases were reported in the Chicago area but officials warn contaminated products could be available throughout the state.

Yesterday (March 29), the Chicago Tribune reported that that number had risen to 22, a figure that included cases dating back to March 7. The best doctors have is that the factory that made this stuff accidentally put an anticoagulant into the mix, or have stumbled over a mix of chemicals they didn't realize had these bleed-from-random-orifices effects.

The health department also warns that anyone who has a serious reaction to using synthetic marijuana should call 911 or have someone take them to an emergency room immediately. The effects are unpredictable and are life-threatening.

The Indiana State Department of Health, ISDH, issued a warning this week about the dangers of synthetic marijuana after severe bleeding was associated with cases in Indiana and IL.

"Despite the perception that synthetic cannabinoids are safe and a legal alternative to marijuana, many are illegal and can cause severe illness", said Nirav D. Shah, IDPH director, in a statement.

Health officials urge those who have purchased synthetic cannabinoid products within the past month - whether it was from a convenience store or a dealer - to not use the product. They can also cause a person to exhibit violent behavior, agitation, confusion, and other forms of distress.

Since 2015 hundreds of people across the United States have overdosed and been hospitalized after smoking too much or bad batches of synthetic cannabis. "Some have to get help from emergency medical services or in hospital emergency departments or intensive care units", according to CDC.

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