Synthetic pot laced with rat poison kills three in US

An outbreak of synthetic marijuana laced with rat poison has killed three and sickened more than 100 in the US Midwest, with officials worried about potentially more cases to come.

Synthetic marijuana is made with chemicals applied to dried plant material, and sold in small foil packages with street names such as Spice and K2. It is also produced in liquid form.

Officials in three Midwestern states are raising the alarm over recent outbreaks of illnesses caused by brodifacoum, a lethal blood thinner used in rat poison, which was in the synthetic pot that victims consumed.

At least some of the poisonous drug was sold in Chicago.

In Illinois, a third death linked to the outbreak was reported Monday. More than 100 other people have been hospitalized with severe symptoms, such as coughing up blood and internal bleeding.

A handful of other people have been sickened in neighboring states—Wisconsin to the north and Indiana to the southeast.

“Each day we’ve seen the number of cases rise,”…

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