According to a public health advisory spotted by Gizmodo, the Illinois Department of Public Health has documented 32 cases in the state of "severe bleeding" following consumption of synthetic marijuana alternatives.
There's a fake form of marijuana going around IL - and it's making people bleed from their eyes and ears.
There are now 22 cases of severe bleeding in IL, mostly in the Chicago area, over synthetic marijuana, officials say.
A dozen of the cases have been reported in Chicago and other areas of Cook County, with others in DuPage, Kane, McLean, Peoria, Tazewell and Will counties - all since March 7 - IDPH said in an update Friday. "Very severe bleeding that's prompting them to go to the emergency room". It is also updated that these synthetic cannabinoids are not only a single drug but it is made by using hundreds of chemicals and then sold freely to the people.
IDPH warns contaminated products could be sold across the state in convenience stores and from dealers. "The recent cases of severe bleeding are evidence of the harm synthetic cannabinoids can cause", Shah added. Synthetic cannabinoids are actually part of a group of drugs called new psychoactive substances (NPS) and are capable of affecting the brain much more powerfully than natural marijuana.
"This bleeding is not expected, at least in such a significant population so quickly", she told the publication. All reported using synthetic cannabinoids.
While synthetic pot can present a host of health risks, severe bleeding is not a known side effect. The report stated that most of the patients were from Chicago, but urged people across IL to watch out for this spiked product as they can be anywhere in the state.
The people who were admitted to the hospital with bleeding eyes and ears admitted to having used synthetic pot, but it is unclear what their source was. "Synthetic cannabinoid products are unsafe".
Anyone with a reaction to synthetic cannabinoids should call 911, IDPH said.