The Illinois Department of Public Health reported Monday that a second person died after experiencing severe bleeding and reported using synthetic cannabinoid, which is known as spice, K2 or fake weed.
A third person in IL has died from exposure to drugs called synthetic cannabinoids.
All 3 of the deaths associated with synthetic cannabinoids were men, 2 in their 20s and 1 in his 40s. It can cause severe bleeding, which can be fatal. Cost of outpatient oral vitamin K treatment can be as much as $8,000 for two weeks' treatment, and the expected treatment duration is months. It "impairs blood clotting in humans and can cause fatal gastrointestinal and intracerebral hemorrhage". Synthetic cannabinoids are chemicals similar to those found in natural marijuana that are sprayed onto dried plants and can be smoked or consumed as liquids through e-cigarettes and other devices. The product can be found across IL and the U.S.in places like convenience stores, gas stations, drug paraphernalia shops, novelty stores and online, the agency said.
Most of the cases in the outbreak involved synthetic marijuana purchased from Chicago-area convenience stores, dealers, or friends, but officials warn the contaminated products could be in counties across the state or beyond.
According to WGN 9, since March, 107 people in Ilinois have been affected and three died. "Whether it's nose bleeds, bleeding from their gums, bleeding in their urine".
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.
The state's department of public health tracks cases of bleeding from synthetic marijuana online.
Illinois' synthetic pot death toll is up to three.
Laboratory testing found that at least 18 people had been exposed to brodifacoum. The packets seized were labeled with such names as "Matrix", "Blue Giant", and "Crazy Monkey".
As part of the advisory, health care providers are urged to watch for severe bleeding unrelated to an injury, or bleeding without another explanation and with a possible history of synthetic marijuana use.