Three dead after smoking fake weed laced with rat poison

Three dead after smoking fake weed laced with rat poison

Three people in IL have died and over 100 have experienced severe bleeding after using synthetic marijuana possibly laced with rat poison.

The people who died were all men, two in their 20s and one in his 40s. They are not regulated and people don't know what chemicals may be in them, like rat poison.

6,000kg of cannabis was stored, but only 5,460kg was found during an inspection.

However forensic experts told the court that even a substantial number of rodents couldn't have eaten that much marijuana. 'Synthetic cannabinoids in general are not safe and this is one example of not knowing what chemicals are in the product. It sparks seizures and strokes and may cause permanent cardiovascular damage and liver damage.

Anyone who starts experiencing symptoms, including severe bleeding or bruising, should be taken to the hospital immediately, the IDPH said.

Three people have been charged with selling tainted synthetic cannabinoids at a convenience store in Chicago.


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The products were labeled with names like Matrix, Blue Giant, and Crazy Monkey, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Sold over the counter in colourful containers with names like Cloud Nine, Crazy Monkey or Blue Giant and described as a "herbal smoke blend", synthetic marijuana is created to replicate the effects of real cannabis.

"Preliminary testing of some of the cannabinoids purchased by the undercover officer revealed a detectable amount of brodifacoum, a toxic substance frequently used in rat poison". Those sickened require hospitalization and treatment with vitamin K to control bleeding, she said.

The tainted products can cause many types of unusual bleeding including: bleeding eyes, nose, and gums; coughing up blood; heavy menstrual periods; and blood in the urine or stool.

As part of the advisory, health care providers are urged to watch for severe bleeding unrelated to an injury, or bleeding without another explanation and with a possible history of synthetic marijuana use.

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