Four Deaths Linked to Rat Poison–Laced Synthetic Pot
Florida health authorities have issued a new report of four deaths related to the ingestion of synthetic marijuana laced with brodifacoum, a powerful poison used to kill rats. The deaths occurred in November and December 2021 in and around Tampa, Florida, and were discovered in the wake of an investigation by county health departments and emergency department physicians and medical examiners at local hospitals.
@orjita The investigation started soon after the Florida Poison Information Center Tampa notified the state health department that it had received reports of three people with unexplained bleeding and a history of synthetic cannabinoid use. Their symptoms and high-risk behavior resembled those seen in 2018, when at least 160 individuals who had ingested synthetic marijuana came to hospitals with unexplained bleeding. Three of these patients died that year.