3rd death reported in IL linked to fake weed

A third person has died after experiencing severe bleeding from synthetic marijuana use in IL, health officials said.

People who reported illness after taking the drugs said they coughed up blood, had blood in their urine, severe bloody noses, bleeding gums or internal bleeding, according to IDPH. Health officials have warned that Spice is not safe to use.

The death of a man in his 40s is the most recent fatality linked to use of synthetic cannabinoids, according to a statement released by the Illinois Department of Public Health. "We continue to investigate cases as they come in to try to identify what product they may have used and where they obtained it".

News 10 spoke to several people who didn't really know much about synthetic cannabinoids. The federal government, as well as local and state governments, have banned many specific synthetic cannabinoids, according to the CDC. Here's why this lab-created drug is often considered more risky than botanical marijuana.

Illinois' synthetic pot death toll is up to three.

The chemicals are similar to those found in natural marijuana. However, the drugs are often combined with other substances that people may not know about or intend to consume, some of them highly risky.

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"Synthetic cannabinoids are part of a group of drugs called new psychoactive substances (NPS). Some of these substances may have been around for years but have reentered the market in altered chemical forms, or due to renewed popularity". A number of the 107 people who experienced bleeding tested positive for brodifacoum, a lethal anticoagulant often found in rat poison.

"Each day we've seen the number of cases rise", IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah said.

The information from the state department said the products are also available online.

The CDC has concurred that the use of synthetic cannabinoids can lead to serious illness or death.

The New York State Department of Health has issued a statewide health advisory about the risk, although it says no cases have been reported in New York to date.


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