3 people have died and more than 100 people have suffered severe bleeding after smoking weed believed to be laced with rat poison.
deaths all happened in the state of Illinois but four other states have
reported cases of poisoning from smoking weed. Tests have been carried
out on the synthetic weed and several patients and they came back
positive for a lethal ingredient often used in rat poison.
federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued a
national alert that patients with severe, unexplained bleeding may be
additional cases. The CDC is helping Illinois authorities investigate
the outbreak in that state, which began in early March. Illinois
reported seven more cases on Tuesday, bringing the nationwide total to
at least 116.
Symptoms include coughing up blood, blood in the urine, severe bloody noses, bleeding gums and internal bleeding. CDC’s
alert says outside Illinois, emergency rooms in Indiana, Missouri,
Wisconsin and Maryland have treated affected patients since March 10.
CDC’s Renee Funk said: "This is an unusual outbreak."
Funk added that is unclear how the contamination occurred.
Three dead over 100 injured after smoking fake weed laced with rat poison
Thursday, 12 April 2018