Illinois Dept. of Public Health warns of synthetic marijuana

By John A. Ballentine
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On April 22, 2018 Toulon was signified as an area where synthetic marijuana caused a death. The Illinois Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) news release states, “The most recent death was a woman in her 30s in Central Illinois” as the fourth death related to synthetic cannabinoids.

These products are marketed as “safe” but they have been testing positive for brodifacoum, which is a chemical found in rat poison. It prevents blood from clotting resulting in severe bleeding and bruising. Other symptoms include coughing up blood, blood in the urine, severe bloody nose, or bleeding gums – besides death.

IDPH is continuing to investigate the four deaths, plus all other cases of bleeding related to synthetic marijuana, to try to identify a common product. There have been 155 cases in the last 30 days of severe reaction to synthetic cannabinoids as of April 26, 2018, during this month old crisis.

Tazewell County has 49 cases, Peoria County 35, Chicago 40, and 10 other counties have reported cases numbering less than 10 each, but in summation, account for 30 more cases for a total of 155 cases in the one month period.

Marketed names of synthetic cannabinoids are: K2, Spice, Black Mamba, Bombay Blue, Genie and Zohai, among other names.

The IDPH warns that, “You never know what chemicals have been added to synthetic cannabinoids making them deadly, unsafe, and unpredictable.” Someone has recently and obviously been treating synthetic marijuana with rat poison. Are you at risk? Only if you use these products.

Can you be sure what is in them? No! They are unregulated and have no standards. Are you willing to risk your life and go through an excruciating death with these products? You could, if you continue to use them.

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