The Illinois Department of Public Health says synthetic cannabinoids have now claimed the lives of three men, including two in their 20s and a third in in his 40s.
Health officials are reporting Monday that a third death has been linked to the use of synthetic marijuana in IL. IL authories said more than 100 people have also experienced the severe bleeding.
Although arrests have been made in response to these recent cases, arrests for sold synthetic cannabinoids that test for being illegal usually occur after someone is already hurt.
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Officials in NY are warning hospital emergency rooms about a new form of synthetic marijuana laced with rat poison that is linked to cases of uncontrolled bleeding. While efforts are underway to get the contaminated drugs out of circulation, it's possible they could re-emerge.
Under state law, a business owner or any other person possessing, distributing, selling or offering synthetic drugs for sale would face up to $500 in fines, and/or up to 15 days in jail.
Brodifacoum, a lethal anticoagulant often used in rat poison, has been found in individuals who were sickened by the drugs. They're called cannabinoids because their chemicals are similar to what can be found in a real marijuana plant.
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The Missouri Department of Health and Human Services is asking healthcare providers to be on the lookout for any signs that a patient have been using synthetic cannabinoids.
The product can be found across IL and the U.S.in places like convenience stores, gas stations, drug paraphernalia shops, novelty stores and online, the agency said.
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