Deaths, Injuries from Tainted Synthetic Cannabinoids
Hospital pharmacists in Illinois are on high alert after an outbreak of severe bleeding and death among users of tainted synthetic cannabinoid products. Health officials say the outbreak appears to be linked to the presence of brodifacoum, a rodenticide, in the synthetic cannabinoid products, ASHP reports. There have been 151 cases of severe bleeding, including three deaths, as of late April.
Otherwise healthy patients present with spontaneous bleeding from the gums, vomiting of blood, blood in the stool, and nosebleeds. Ahmed Mahmoud, PharmD, critical care and emergency pharmacist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, tells ASHP that his chief concern is having an adequate supply of medications to achieve normal hemostasis.