The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has confirmed the first death related to the use of synthetic cannabinoids, often called fake weed, K2, and spice, in Milwaukee County.
DHS says, Wisconsin has seen 45 cases since March of this year, including 37 confirmed cases and 8 probable cases but this is the first death related to the outbreak.
Counties with confirmed cases include Dane, Milwaukee, Outagamie, and Rock.
State Health Officer Karen McKeown,
We are continuing to work with local health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Poison Control Center, and other partners to try to identify common products or sources.
For further information visit the DHS official page:
If you or someone you know has a serious reaction to synthetic cannabinoids, call 911 or go to the emergency department right away.
Even if you are not bleeding, see a doctor if you have used synthetic cannabinoids; you may be at risk for bleeding as this product can stay in your system for months.
Synthetic cannabinoid products are not legal in Wisconsin.
The health effects from using them can be unpredictable, harmful, and even life threatening.
These products are created by spraying chemicals on dried plant material to be inhaled in tobacco products like e-cigarettes or other vaping devices.