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Winnebago County reports 3 bleeding cases related to synthetic cannabinoids

Winnebago County reports 3 bleeding cases related to synthetic cannabinoids

Another person has died from exposure to synthetic marijuana - the fourth in just the last few weeks, the IL department of Public Health said.

Two of the deaths occurred in men who were in their 20s; the third was a man in his 40s.

Officials said Wednesday the most recent death, a woman in her 20s, occurred in central IL.

Synthetic cannabinoids across Chicago and parts of central IL have been found to contain brodifacoum, a rat poison, according to state health officials. "Like so many other drugs, synthetic cannabinoids are addictive and people are not able to give them up".

Synthetic marijuana is dried plant material sprayed with various chemicals - aiming to mimic a similar reaction to the one ganja delivers.

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Officials in several states have raised alarm over a recent outbreak of illness caused by brodifacoum, a lethal blood thinner used in rat poison, which was in the synthetic ganja that victims consumed.

Symptoms include coughing up blood, blood in the urine, bloody nose, bleeding gums, internal bleeding, and/or back pain near the kidneys. High doses of Vitamin K, up to 30 tablets per day for up to six months, can help a patient's body return to normal clotting functions.

Because of the large amount of vitamin K needed, the long duration of treatment, and costs up to thousands of dollars per patient, IDPH started discussions with key stakeholders to find a solution with no financial burden on patients.

The Bausch Foundation, the charitable organization of Valeant Pharmaceuticals, donated almost 800,000 tablets of vitamin K to the department. Her death comes as the state deals with an outbreak of people experiencing severe bleeding after using synthetic marijuana.


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