Saturday, April 14, 2018

IDPH Synthetic Cannabinoids Update & Brief Webinar

Screen shot from IDPH Webinar


Although the number of new cases appears to be slowing, more than a month into this cluster of severe bleeding caused by the use of rodenticide-laced drugs, the numbers continue to climb.
At least five states (Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri & Wisconsin) have reported cases, but Illinois has - by far - seen the vast majority, including 3 deaths.
 The Friday afternoon update from the IDPH reads:
Synthetic Cannabinoids

As of April 13, 2018, IDPH has received reports of 126 cases, including three deaths, linked to an outbreak, since March 7, 2018; cases report using synthetic cannabinoid products before suffering from severe bleeding.
***Numbers are provisional and subject to change; IDPH will update the website everyday at 1:30pm, for the duration of the outbreak***

Additionally the IDPH has released a brief (narrated slide-show) webinar for clinicians, which can be viewed online at:

While these recent adverse outcomes have raised new concerns over the use of synthetic cannabinoids (Spice/K2/ `Fake Weed'), they already had a pretty nasty reputation among mental health professionals and ER staff.

A few past blogs include:
 For more, you may wish to visit:
CDC - Synthetic cannabinoids: What are they? What are their effects?

NIH - Synthetic Cannabinoids (K2/Spice)

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