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CDC Health Update:
Outbreak of Life-threatening Coagulopathy Associated with Synthetic Cannabinoids Use
December 10, 2018
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a health update today to provide information on: 1) the current status of a multistate outbreak of coagulopathy from exposure to synthetic cannabinoid products (e.g., Spice, synthetic marijuana, K2) containing a vitamin K-dependent antagonist agent, brodifacoum; 2) the emergence of 2 new clinical scenarios; and 3) recommendations to help clinicians make decisions related to these 2 new clinical scenarios. 

For suspected cases in Los Angeles County:
  • Report immediately to LA County Department of Public Health Substance Abuse Prevention and Control: 626-299-3504
  • Contact California Poison Control for questions related to diagnostic testing and management: 800-222-1222
California Poison Control also has additional information regarding synthetic cannabinoids.
The full CDC communication is below and online.
This is an official
Distributed via the CDC Health Alert Network
December 10, 2018, 1300ET (1:00 PM ET)
CDC HAN-00416