Warn­ing is­sued for syn­thetic mar­i­juana laced with rat poi­son

South Florida Times - - HEALTH - Syn­thetic mar­i­juana As­so­ci­ated Press

AL­BANY, N.Y. - Of­fi­cials in New York are warn­ing hospi­tal emer­gency rooms about a new form of syn­thetic mar­i­juana laced with rat poi­son that is linked to cases of un­con­trolled bleed­ing.

The state is­sued the warn­ing on Monday. Of­fi­cials say that while au­thor­i­ties haven't found the sub­stance in New York yet, cases of se­vere and life-threat­en­ing bleed­ing have been re­ported in five states: Illi­nois, Mary­land,Wis­con­sin, In­di­ana and Mis­souri.

The guid­ance to hos­pi­tals and clin­ics in­structs them to be on the look­out for peo­ple com­plain­ing of se­vere bleed­ing not re­lated to an in­jury, or when the bleed­ing oc­curred af­ter us­ing syn­thetic mar­i­juana.

Many dif­fer­ent chem­i­cal com­pounds are used to man­u­fac­ture so-called syn­thetic mar­i­juana. While the sub­stances are in­tended to mimic the ef­fects of mar­i­juana, they are of­ten far more dan­ger­ous for users.


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