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Synthetic marijuana laced with rat poison reported in 5 states, including Wisconsin


The department says two deaths were men in their 20s and a third death was a man in his 40s. Symptoms included coughing up blood, blood in urine, a severe bloody nose, bleeding gums and/or internal bleeding, according to the statement. A number of the 107 people who experienced bleeding tested positive for brodifacoum, a lethal anticoagulant often found in rat poison.

Other states, including Indiana, Maryland, Missouri and Wisconsin, have reported cases involving patients with severe bleeding after synthetic marijuana use.

News 10 spoke to several people who didn't really know much about synthetic cannabinoids. "While efforts are under way to get contaminated drugs out of circulation, it's possible they could re-emerge".

Though the synthetic cannabis is illegal, the key can be to look at the packaging to determine if that's what it contains, Stenger added.

Fake marijuana likely contaminated with rat poison has killed three people in IL and sickened more than 100 others in the last month. This makes synthetic marijuana both extremely unpredictable and unsafe.

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Adams County Sheriff Brian VonderHaar said deputies also haven't noticed a jump in synthetic cannabinoids in the county. They're called cannabinoids because their chemicals are similar to what can be found in a real marijuana plant. Foil packets of the drug are often sold over the counter at convenience stores, sometimes deceptively labeled as "herbal incense" or "potpourri".

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. While the substances are meant to mimic the effects of marijuana, they are often far more risky for users.

Synthetic cannabinoids are classified as a controlled substance and their possession can lead to misdemeanor or felony charges depending on the amount possessed. "Synthetic cannabinoids are unsafe".

Anyone who has a reaction was told to call 911 or go to the emergency room, officials said.

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