Michigan health officials issue warning over deadly rat poison in synthetic marijuana

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PHOTO BY GRACIE MALLEY
  • Photo By Gracie Malley
Two deaths and over 70 cases of uncontrolled bleeding have been reported in Illinois — all of which health officials say have been linked to the resurgence of synthetic marijuana commonly known as "spice."  As of Thursday afternoon, Wisconson and Maryland are the latest states to report similar symptoms.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHSS) on Thursday issued a statement warning of the a spike in spice-related problems in Illinois. The 70 cases were reported between March 7 and April 2. According to the MDHHS, the deaths and severe and persistent bleeding are caused by the chemical brodifacoum, an off-white and odorless poison, a pesticide commonly used to kill rats.

It should be noted that spice is not marijuana. Though often marketed as a more affordable substitute, the drug in question is composed of a mixture of dried flowers and herbs and looks more like potpourri than weed. The mixture is then sprayed with synthetic cannabinoids. In other words, manmade chemicals lots of them. Synthetic marijuana does not contain marijuana at all.

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