Illinois man dead from ‘fake weed’

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The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting the death of an individual who experienced severe bleeding and reported using synthetic cannabinoids, often called Spice, K2, or fake weed.  o date, IDPH has reports of 38 people in Illinois who have experienced severe bleeding and reported using synthetic cannabinoids. All cases have required hospitalization for symptoms such as coughing up blood, blood in the urine, severe bloody nose and bleeding gums. Three of these cases have tested positive for brodifacoum, often used as a rodenticide, or rat poison.

Synthetic cannabinoids are human-made chemicals that are sprayed on dried plant material. They can be smoked or sold as liquids to be used in e-cigarettes and other devices. These chemicals are called cannabinoids because they are similar to chemicals found in the marijuana plant.

Synthetic cannabinoids are found across Illinois and the U.S. in convenience stores, gas stations, drug paraphernalia shops, novelty stores, and online.

Locally, there have been no cases in Bettendorf in over a year and nothing in Rock Island of late. There were 8 arrests several years ago in Moline, but nothing in the past few years due to a police crackdown.

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