Officials warn of fatal case of synthetic marijuana use

Officials warn of fatal case of synthetic marijuana use

"They are not safe and may affect the brain much more powerfully than marijuana", according to the IDPH, which urged people not to use synthetic cannabinoids that were bought over the past month.

All cases have required hospitalization for symptoms such as coughing up blood, blood in the urine, severe bloody nose, or bleeding gums, IDPH said.

Though synthetic pot has always been considered unsafe, severe bleeding is not a known side effect, said Dr. Melissa Millewich, an emergency room physician at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.

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The Illinois Department of Public Health is blaming synthetic cannabinoids for a string of severe bleeding cases that have resulted in one death so far. They can contain a variety of chemicals, and users often don't know what those are, such as rat poison. "The recent cases of severe bleeding are evidence of the harm synthetic cannabinoids can cause".

Anyone who has a reaction to synthetic cannabinoids should call 911 or have someone take them to the emergency department immediately. Bleeding from the eyes and ears is also possible after use, IDPH said.

Synthetic cannabinoids are comprised of hundreds of different chemicals, which are called cannabinoids.

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Shah says they're unsafe because it's hard to know what chemicals they contain or what an individual's reaction will be.

The bleeding that doctors have seen in recent days has been severe. 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 human-made drugs can also be sold as liquids to be used in e-cigarettes or other devices. "The vast majority have reported acquiring the product in the Chicagoland area", Layden said.

Health officials reported 22 known people who experienced the symptom since March 7, and they continue to track the situation, Arnold said.

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Someone has died in Illinois after using synthetic marijuana, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced Saturday.

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