3 new cases of excessive bleeding from synthetic cannabis in MD

3 new cases of excessive bleeding from synthetic cannabis in MD

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - The Maryland Poison Center confirmed three new cases of excessive bleeding after use of synthetic cannabinoids.

"This is not a bad reaction," Maryland Poison Center Executive Director Bruce Anderson said Monday. "This is an adulterant that appears to be in the product people are using."

Two people presented with symptoms early morning Saturday, April 14, and another Monday, April 16, bringing the total in Maryland to four.

The Illinois Department of Public Health Monday updated its numbers, showing 131 reports linked to an outbreak of synthetic marijuana laced with rat poison. The rat poison links in Maryland are still under investigation.

"I don't know that there is a way to use these products safely." Anderson said. "They're inheritantly dangerous just by themselves. Add to this the potential of the product itself being contaminated with rat poison that can cause you to develop spontaneous bleeding that may be fatal, there's just no way to make these products safe."

Health professionals who see patients with the above symptoms, who also report using synthetic cannabinoids, are asked to please contact the Maryland Poison Center at (1-800) 222-1222.

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