Mass poisoning leaves 4 dead and 52 sick after victims smoke rat killer infused weed

RAT’s poisoned marijuana products have killed four people and left 52 others seriously ill with unexplained bleeding, experts warn.

The staggering accumulation of deaths and illnesses was uncovered in the wake of President Joe Biden’s push to decriminalize the drug.

Beware of counterfeit cannabis products containing deadly rat poison


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The Florida Poison Information Center Tampa told officials several patients had been treated for “unexplained bleeding,” according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The patients have a “history of ingestion of synthetic cannabinoids” — man-made mind-altering chemicals — and are the latest in a string of nationwide poison cases involving excessive bleeding, the agency warns.

The CDC’s investigation into those receiving emergency care in Florida found that 52 became extremely ill after accidentally smoking fake weed laced with rat poison, and four smokers died.

Most cases were from north and east Tampa, with “all but one patient admitted to Hillsborough County hospitals,” the CDC says of the recent poisoning cluster, which emerged last December.

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The mean age of the patients was 36 years, 40 of whom were male. Severe abdominal pain was among the most commonly reported symptoms.

That’s because the active ingredient in rat poison is brodifacoum, which is used in baits to kill rodents like mice and rats. It reduces vitamin K in the body, thus preventing blood clots.

The poisoned were treated with vitamin K1, which reverses the anticoagulant effects of rodenticides.

“Many patients required high doses of oral vitamin K1, which required taking 30 5-mg tablets daily during hospitalization and for three to six months after discharge,” the agency says.

About two-thirds of those poisoned (65.4 percent) were uninsured and unable to pay for inpatient and outpatient treatment.

Luckily, a private pharmaceutical company donated enough vitamin K1 tablets to treat all 52 patients.

After local police officers learned of the mass poisoning, they visited areas where the dangerous counterfeit products had been purchased to “help prevent future spread,” the CDC says.


The cases come just three years after a horrific mass poisoning — including using counterfeit marijuana products laced with rat poison — that sickened about 200 people in several states.

The CDC’s report was released on the same day that Biden pardoned thousands of Americans convicted under federal law of “simple possession” of marijuana.

His government is taking a dramatic step towards decriminalizing the drug.

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Biden said Friday, “Too many lives have been turned upside down because of our failure to manage marijuana.

“It is time we corrected these mistakes.

“There are thousands of people who have already been federally convicted of possession of marijuana and who may be denied work, housing or educational opportunities as a result.

“My actions will help mitigate the side effects resulting from these convictions.”

Marijuana is currently classified as a Schedule I drug alongside heroin and LSD, but ahead of fentanyl and methamphetamine.

Biden has directed health and justice officials to review the drug’s classification under federal law. Mass poisoning leaves 4 dead and 52 sick after victims smoke rat killer infused weed


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