Arrested For Selling Deadly Synthetic Cannabis

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"We continue to see the number of cases rise", said Nirav D. Shah, IDPH director.

One of the deaths was in Chicago and the other in central IL.

The cases, which have all been reported in the Chicago area or central IL, have required people to be hospitalized for a range of symptoms, including coughing up blood, blood in their urine, a severe bloody nose and bleeding gums, according to IDPH. "We strongly urge everyone not to use synthetic cannabinoids".

From 2010 to 2015, the number of poisonings from toxic exposures surged across the United States, revealing 456 cases involving synthetic cannabinoids, according to a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

During that time, physicians treated 456 patients total for synthetic cannabinoid intoxications. All 56 have required hospitalization for hemorrhaging; so far the bulk of the cases have been in Chicago, Cook County or Tazewell County, but others are scattered as far as Peoria.

Since 2015 hundreds of people across the USA have overdosed and been hospitalized after smoking too much or bad batches of synthetic cannabis. A lot of them were homeless people stricken in the neighborhood around the New Life Evangelist Center shelter downtown. Two men were taken to the hospital by ambulance with suspected K2 overdoses.

Per the IDPH, synthetic cannabinoids are human-made, mind-altering chemicals that are sprayed on to dried plant material.

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Synthetic marijuana can be found in convenience stores, novelty stores, drug paraphernalia shops, and online. These chemicals are also called cannabinoids due to their similarities to the marijuana plant. That study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2016.

In the 1980s, synthetic cannabinoids were considered research compounds but they are now produced overseas, according to the CDC.

"They include things like seizures, heart attack, kidney failure", said Lank, who was not involved in the recent synthetic cannabinoid cases.

"What's happening in IL is different, and these are bleeding complications".

"We hope that anyone that's a legitimate business ... will say we aren't going to sell this stuff", Gengler said.

Three people were arrested in Chicago for selling synthetic drugs containing a substance often used in rat poison at a South Side convenience store.

"Synthetic cannabinoids are part of a group of drugs called new psychoactive substances (NPS)".

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