11 April, 2018
The IDPH says the total number of people who've been treated for severe bleeding from the eyes, ears and lungs after using the drug is up to 107.
Two other deaths, both men in their 20s, have also been tied to the consumption of the drug, which goes by the names spice, K2 and fake weed, health officials said.
"Each day we've seen the number of cases rise", IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, said in the release.
The Coles County Health Department joined with departments statewide in issuing a warning about possible dangers of synthetic cannabis use. The action is in response to several reports from other states of life-threatening bleeding cases that have been caused by the consumption of synthetic marijuana containing a pesticide commonly found in rat poison.
There are also state laws and local ordinances that make synthetic drugs illegal, but that doesn't mean there's no chance someone in the county might get a hold of them, Stenger said. "We urge people not to use synthetic cannabinoids now or ever".
It can be made from any one of dozens of chemical compounds manufactured in labs in China, the USA and eastern Europe.
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It noted that there have been numerous instances of severe bleeding in IL, three resulting in deaths.
The chemicals are similar to those found in natural marijuana.
The third synthetic marijuana-related fatality comes after three Chicago-area convenience store clerks were charged for allegedly selling synthetic cannabinoids laced with rodent poison, police said.
Lisa Slater of the McLean County Health Department, Andrea Ingwersen of Woodford County and Sara Sparkman of Tazewell County confirmed their counties' numbers of cases. These packets typically consist of plant material coated by chemicals, which are supposed to mimic the effects of naturally grown marijuana. "Synthetic cannabinoids are unsafe".
Synthetic cannabinoids are classified as a controlled substance and their possession can lead to misdemeanor or felony charges depending on the amount possessed.
If you experience any symptoms, call 911 or have someone drive you to a hospital emergency department immediately, Foley and Sparkman said.