Detroit Free Press staff Published 1:24 p.m. ET April 5, 2018
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K2 is synthetic marijuana(Photo: Kelley McCall, AP)
Michigan health officials are alerting the public about a type of synthetic marijuana containing rat poison that is linked to 70 cases in Illinois of uncontrolled bleeding, including two deaths.
The cases involve synthetic marijuana containing brodifacoum, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Brodifacoum is an off-white, odorless powder poison.
It was first introduced in 1975 to eliminate rodents that had become resistant to existing poisons. It is one of the most widely used pesticides around the world
Brodifacoum has been identified as the cause of 70 cases of uncontrolled bleeding reported between March 7 and April 2 being investigated by the Illinois Department of Public Health. This has included 60 hospitalizations and two deaths.
To date, the illnesses have been associated with the use of synthetic marijuana products. Synthetic marijuana is a manufacturered, mind-altering chemical that is either sprayed on dried, shredded plant material to be smoked or sold as liquids to be vaporized and inhaled in e-cigarettes and other devices.
Also known as fake weed, it is sold for recreational drug use under brand names such as K2, Spice, Black Mamba, Bombay Blue, Genie, Zohai and others.
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