Synthetic cannabinoids linked to 22 cases of severe bleeding in NE Illinois
02 April, 2018, 00:50 | Author: Jared Lewis
IDPH director Nirav D. Shah said: 'Despite the perception that synthetic cannabinoids are safe and a legal alternative to marijuana, many are illegal and can cause severe illness.
Most of those affected were in the Chicago area, but health officials warned the contaminated products could also be present elsewhere across the state, said department spokeswoman Melaney Arnold. Synthetic cannabinoid products are unsafe.
In those cases, people who used synthetic cannabinoids were hospitalized for symptoms such as coughing up blood, urinating blood, and bloody noses or gums, IDPH said. While such products have always been considered hazardous, severe bleeding is not a known side effect, tells Melissa Millewich of the Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.
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Among the reported cases in IL, people have reported buying the products at convenience stores and from dealers and friends, according to the state health department.
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The health department says the health effects from using synthetic cannabinoids - are sprayed on dried plant material before they are smoked or sold as liquid - can be "unpredictable, harmful and deadly".
The agency issued a warning Tuesday about the hazards of synthetic marijuana after six people in Northeastern Illinois reportedly experienced the side effect since March 10. "It is hard to know what's in them or what your reaction to them will be".
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found there's also an association between teens who use synthetic pot and a heightened risk for violent behavior, risky sex and abuse of other drugs.
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