Two deaths, cases of severe bleeding may be tied to fake weed in Milwaukee

Posted at 6:45 PM, Jul 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-03 20:09:07-04

Synthetic marijuana often called Spice, K2 or fake weed has been tied to dozens of cases of severe bleeding in the Milwaukee area over the last few weeks, but officials believe two victims over the weekend died from the drug.

"This is not a safe alternative," said Attorney General Brad Schimel. "We need to warn people in SE Wisconsin that there is a danger out there."

The victims, a 23-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman, died from severe internal bleeding. Authorities wouldn't reveal the exact locations because this is an open investigation.

"Understand that if you sell this product and someone dies of it, you're responsible," Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales said.

Officials say it's being sold in stores and online.

"They're not legal to be sold and if you're a retailer selling these, take them off your shelves, you don't want to be a part of a death," Schimel said. "If we can link any death or injuries to individuals from products you're selling in your stores, we can and will work hard to come after you."

K2, also known as Spice, contains rat poison and many other chemicals. Dr. Drew Peterson says the rat poison is what causes the internal bleeding.

"This stuff is flat, unsafe, avoid it, and don’t use it. It actually says on the packages not safe for human consumption and I would agree with that," Peterson said.

The autopsies are complete but the ME is doing further testing determine exactly what caused these recent deaths. The Medical Examiner's Office says the toxicology results will be ready by next week. We'll keep you updated.