WSLH Responds to Synthetic Cannabinoid Contamination

Stories about people being hospitalized for and even dying from severe bleeding after using synthetic cannabinoids have filled the news since March 2018.

The responsible agent was determined to be brodifacoum, a powerful anticoagulant. The Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH) Chemical Response Program developed and implemented a quantitative test method for brodifacoum in blood, which is being used to diagnose and guide treatment length for patients.

The WSLH’s and Indiana State Department of Health laboratory’s involvement in these cases is featured in the Summer 2018 issue of the Association of Public Health Laboratories Lab Matters magazine –

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Wisconsin has seen 54 cases since March of this year, with 40 confirmed and 14 probable. There were eight new cases in the last two weeks of August –