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Synthetic Marijuana Is Contaminating Blood Donations

synthetic marijuanaRecently, it was revealed that blood donations in the United States might be compromised because of synthetic marijuana. The contamination has become such a concern that the FDA has issued a warning.

Synthetic Marijuana Could Be Showing Up in Blood Donations

The reality is that every 2 seconds, a person needs blood in the United States, but now some of these potential blood donations are contaminated due to the donor having ingested or smoked synthetic marijuana. The FDA claims that synthetic marijuana, which is also referred to as Spice and K2, is to blame for a dramatic increase in sicknesses and deaths. Synthetic marijuana does not show up in a standard drug screen. This means that someone who has recently abused synthetic marijuana, or still has the substance lingering in their system, cannot donate their blood – but many are and it puts the receivers of the blood donations at risk.

Dangers of Synthetic Marijuana

There are many dangers and risks that come with abusing synthetic marijuana. Some of the negative effects include sickness, bleeding, paranoia, hallucinations, anxiety, and confusion. Synthetic marijuana is an illegal substance, but it is abused often. This is particularly dangerous because nobody knows what is really in synthetic marijuana.

For example, some batches of synthetic marijuana that were being illegally sold in gas stations were found to have been contaminated with rat poison and caused many people to get sick and bleed from their eyes. Like any street drug, synthetic marijuana is dangerous because there are unknown substances involved, so when an individual who has synthetic marijuana in their system donates their blood, they put others at risk of getting ill or suffering fatal consequences as well.

The unfortunate reality is that people may continue abusing synthetic marijuana and donating their blood when they shouldn’t be. Substance use disorders like addiction and drug abuse are real diseases, and addicts are often unable to play the tape through to see how their actions affect those around them. While this is no excuse to deliberately provide contaminated blood donations, these people need as much help as any other person with an illness.

If you are suffering from a substance use disorder or struggling with an addiction to synthetic marijuana, now is the time to get the help you need. The Watershed Texas is here to help 24/7. Call The Watershed Texas at 1-800-861-1768.

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