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Synthetic Cannabinoids Linked to Severe Bleeding

Use of synthetic cannabinoids following injury or surgery may result in severe bleeding.

Five people have died and more than 202 people have developed severe bleeding linked with the use of synthetic cannabinoids found to be laced with rat poison. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a warning saying these drugs, sold under a variety of names including K2 and Spice, have been contaminated with brodifacoum, a very deadly anticoagulant used in rodent poison.

PositiveTip: For maximum safety, do not use any synthetic cannabinoids.

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Synthetic Marijuana Hard on Kidneys

Young males visiting ER following smoking synthetic marijuana.

Synthetic marijuana, (synthetic cannabinoids dissolved in solvents and applied to plant material) when smoked can produce a more intense high than the real thing. However, they also can result in acute kidney injury, requiring hemodialysis and hospitalization. These popular drugs of abuse are sold under various labels such as "herbal incense" with names like Spice and K2.

PositiveTip: Encourage your teens and young adults to avoid using any of the popular drugs of abuse!