Coles County Health Department joins others in warning about synthetic cannabis

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The Illinois Department of Public Health has reported a third death linked to synthetic cannabinoids since early March.

Two cases of have been reported in IN, one in Maryland, one in Missouri and one in Wisconsin, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Officials say the chemicals can be "unpredictable, harmful and deadly".

VanderMaiden said Quincy police received outside information about the hospitalizations in the Chicago area.

MI health officials issued a warning to the public to be aware of the cases.

News 10 spoke to several people who didn't really know much about synthetic cannabinoids.

"We need to make sure we are educating people about the differences".

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The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says most cases are in IL but a few others have occurred in Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri and Maryland. Health officials said many have tested positive for a lethal anticoagulant often used in rat poison.

In a statement on April 9, Nirav D. Shah, MD, JD, director of the IDPH, said that the agency has since seen the number of cases rise daily. IDPH has warned that the contaminated drug could be anywhere in the state.

Those who have been affected by the synthetic marijuana with brodifacoum have coughed up blood, experienced blood in the urine, and other reported symptoms include a severe bloody nose, bleeding gums and internal bleeding.

It can be made from any one of dozens of chemical compounds manufactured in labs in China, the US and eastern Europe. Marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and others are often laced with unsafe ingredients to stretch out the supply or another product completely can be substituted.

Synthetic cannabis is available at convenience stores, gas stations, drug paraphernalia shops and novelty stores, as well as online.

Both have been cited in a recent wave of synthetic marijuana deaths in IL.

Federal prosecutors have charged 48-year-old Fouad Masoud and 44-year-old Jad Allah, both of suburban Justice, and 44-year-old Adil Khan Mohammed of Chicago with conspiring to distribute and sell a controlled substance. This makes synthetic marijuana both extremely unpredictable and risky.

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