People hospitalized after using 'fake weed' in Outagamie Co.

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MADISON (WLUK) -- At least seven people in Wisconsin have suffered severe bleeding after using fake marijuana laced with rat poison, and Outagamie County is among the counties with confirmed cases.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says the state has seen a total of 15 cases -- seven confirmed and eight more probable -- since March. Bleeding has been so severe that people were sent to the hospital.

Cases have also been reported in Dane and Milwaukee counties.

In Illinois, four people have died after using the drugs, which can are nicknamed "fake weed," "K2" and "spice."

“These dangerous products are still in the community and we urge people not to use K2, spice, or any synthetic cannabinoid,” State Health Officer Karen McKeown said in a news release.

There are many different types of these drugs. They are sprayed on dried plant material or sold as liquids to be inhaled in e-cigarettes and other similar devices. Products are sold in convenience stores, gas stations, drug paraphernalia shops, novelty stores and online.

Health officials say anyone who experiences bleeding after using one of these products should call 911 or go to an emergency room immediately. Those who have used the products and are not experiencing bleeding are still urged to see a health care provider as bleeding could still happen.

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