Rat poison-laced marijuana kills three in IL

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The deaths all happened in the state of IL but four other states have reported cases. Those sickened require hospitalization and treatment with vitamin K to control bleeding, she said.

"Laboratory investigation has confirmed that some of these patients were exposed to brodifacoum, a long-acting anti-coagulant found in rat poison". IL reported seven more cases on Tuesday, bringing the nationwide total to at least 116.


Three people are dead and more than 100 are injured across IL due to the spread of synthetic marijuana mixed with a deadly chemical found in rate poison.

In Argentina, medical cannabis use is legal for patients, yet recreational use of the drug remains illegal.


"These chemicals are called cannabinoids because they act on the same brain cell receptors as the main active ingredient in marijuana", IDPH explained, warning that the drug's impact can be life-threatening.

Synthetic cannabinoids are human-made chemicals that are sprayed on plant materials that can be smoked, or sold as a liquid that can be consumed in an e-cigarette. "It is hard to know what's in them or what your reaction to them will be".


As part of the advisory, health care providers are urged to watch for severe bleeding unrelated to an injury, or bleeding without another explanation and with a possible history of synthetic marijuana use. Additionally, Cuomo required that the State Liquor Authority and State Gaming Commission increase their oversight and enforcement efforts to revoke a store owner's liquor and lottery licenses if they are found to be illegally peddling synthetic weed. IDPH spokeswoman Melaney Arnold told the Chicago newspaper that the product is banned for sale across the state, but some manufacturers alter the "molecular makeup of the products" to "get around" the law. The Chicago cases are unusual because of the symptoms of severe bleeding caused by the rat poison.

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