Life-Threatening Bleeding and Deaths from Synthetic Cannabinoids


Figure. A recent multistate outbreak of coagulopathy following synthetic cannabinoid use was attributed to the presence of the vitamin K–dependent antagonist brodifacoum—the blood thinner used in rat poison. Since the initial case, seen a year ago in Illinois, more than 300 people have been treated in 11 states for serious bleeding after exposure, and at least eight deaths have been reported.

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