Another Synthetic Pot User Dead in Illinois

More than 150 people have gotten sick after using tainted synthetic cannabinoids
By Janet Cromley,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2018 7:24 PM CDT
Synthetic cannabinoids contaminated with rat poison have killed four people in Illinois and sickened more than 150 others in recent weeks.   (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP)

(Newser) – Another person in Illinois has died after using synthetic marijuana, reports the Chicago Tribune. The central Illinois woman, who was in her 30s, is the fourth person to die in the state after apparent use of the tainted substance. She's the third central Illinois victim; the fourth was from Chicago. In the last few weeks, more than 150 people across 13 counties have been hospitalized after using synthetic pot laced with what health officials believe to be a type of a rat poison known as brodifacoum, a powerful anti-coagulant.

A widely used pesticide, when ingested by humans brodifacoum can cause bleeding from the nose or gums, as well as internal bleeding. Symptoms include coughing up blood and bloody urine, health officials say, and brodifacoum poisoning can be treated with vitamin K administered via IV to stabilize the blood’s clotting ability. The treatment is effective if initiated before excessive bleeding occurs, per the American Council on Science and Health. CNN reports health officials urge anyone who has a reaction to synthetic marijuana to call 911 or go to an emergency room. (Read more synthetic marijuana stories.)

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