MILWAUKEE – The Wisconsin Department of Health Services confirms that one person has died in Milwaukee County from the use of synthetic marijuana – also called “K2,” “fake weed,” and “spice.”
This is the first confirmed death linked to the recent K2 outbreak.
So far, Wisconsin has seen 45 cases since March of this year related to K2 – including 37 confirmed cases and 8 probable cases. Counties with confirmed cases include Dane, Milwaukee, Outagamie, and Rock.
“We are continuing to work with local health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Poison Control Center, and other partners to try to identify common products or sources,” said State Health Officer Karen McKeown in a news release.
Health officials strongly urge people to stop using this drug.
Anyone who has a serious reaction to K2 is urged to call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
Health officials also advise anyone who has used K2 to see a doctor – as there may be a risk for bleeding since the drug can stay in your system for months.
Synthetic cannabinoid products are not legal in Wisconsin. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the health effects from using them can be unpredictable, harmful, and even life-threatening. These products are created by spraying chemicals on dried plant material to be inhaled in tobacco products like e-cigarettes or other vaping devices.