Published: Wed, April 25, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Another Illinois resident dies from synthetic marijuana use

Another Illinois resident dies from synthetic marijuana use

Officials said Wednesday the most recent death, a woman in her 20s, occurred in central IL. Those include a Chicago-area man in his 20s and two central IL men, one in his 20s and the other in his 40s.

Synthetic marijuana is not marijuana at all but man-made chemicals sold on the premise that they act on the same brain cell receptors as the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, THC.

Lori Ann Quanstrom, 37, of Toulon, passed away at 9:20 a.m. on Sunday, April 22 at OSF St. Francis after reportedly using the synthetic cannabinoids, more commonly known as synthetic marijuana, "Spice" or "K2".

The donation comes after three people have died and more than 150 were sickened by synthetic marijuana in IL since March. Those who have become sick have reported coughing up blood, severe bloody noses and internal bleeding. In the 150 bleeding cases reported, the substance has been contaminated with brodifacoum, a chemical found in rat poison that prevents the blood from clotting, resulting in abnormal, severe bleeding and death. Doctors say those suffering from bleeding need to take as many as 30 tablets a day for up to six months.

The agency recently received 800,000 Vitamin K doses donated by pharmaceutical firms to help in the case. "Like so many other drugs, synthetic cannabinoids are addictive and people are not able to give them up".

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