Synthetic cannabinoid products that have been contaminated with rat poison are causing illnesses and deaths, the Food and Drug Administration said late Thursday. The illegal products that have been contaminated with brodifacoum, a common ingredient in rat poison, are sold in convenience stores and gas station under names such as “K2” and “Spice” as a substitute for marijuana. “Use of these illegal products pose significant public health concerns for both individuals who may use the contaminated products and the U.S. blood supply, as there is the potential for contamination of blood products donated by those individuals who have used these substances,” the FDA said. In the past several months the FDA said it has become aware of hundreds of people in about 10 states that have been hospitalized, and several have died. “The presence of brodifacoum in these illegal compounds poses a significant public health hazard,” the FDA said.
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