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2 in IL dead after using fake pot; 56 cases reported statewide

04 April 2018

As of April 3, Kane County had one reported case of bleeding related to synthetic cannabinoids, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health's website.

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

Illinois State Police and Chicago Police allegedly traced several of the cases to King Mini Mart in Lawndale, according to the Chicago Tribune. Per CNN, the over 50 cases all involve hospitalizations in and around Chicago, where complaints have ranged from bloody noses to bloody coughs, blood in urine and other startling symptoms. "Synthetic cannabinoids are unsafe", he said.

In the past few years, doctors have become familiar with the health outcomes people can face when they are exposed to synthetic cannabinoids, said Dr. Patrick Lank, an emergency physician and assistant professor of emergency medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in IL.

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'Our investigation is ongoing, but individuals report using many different product names, ' IDPH spokeswoman Melaney Arnold told Daily Mail Online. "We're doing whatever we can with regards to outreach to notify any who may be impacted by this outbreak".

During that time, physicians treated 456 patients total for synthetic cannabinoid intoxications.

Officials have been struggling to identify where the contaminated synthetic pot is coming from, and warn that it may be available across the state.

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Synthetic cannabinoids are man-made, mind altering chemicals that are sprayed onto plant matter, according to IDPH, which can then be smoked or inhaled with a vaporizer.

The million dollar question at hand is how to control the flow of synthetic cannabinoids into communities because they are unregulated products.

These chemicals are called cannabinoids because they are similar to chemicals found in the marijuana plant.

"What's happening in IL is different, and these are bleeding complications". "We don't know if the supply of synthetic cannabinoids in IL and the Chicago area have been tainted by someone with brodifacoum, or rat poison".

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"Synthetic cannabinoids are part of a group of drugs called new psychoactive substances (NPS)".

2 in IL dead after using fake pot; 56 cases reported statewide