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3rd death tied to synthetic marijuana

11 April 2018, 11:22 | Leigh Flowers

Another death from synthetic pot outbreak in Illinois

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"Because of the unique symptoms and smaller populations of some counties, we're trying to maintain confidentiality by not releasing the name of the county", Arnold told The Pantagraph.

While other IL communities have reported an increase of synthetic cannabinoid products, local law enforcement agencies say they have not seen an uptick.

3 men charged with selling synthetic marijuana that continues to be associated with two fatalities happen to be held with bond.

There have been no confirmed cases in Macon County.

Friday's updated number includes two deaths and is up from 56 cases reported Monday. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. One death occurred in the Chicago area, while two were in central IL.

People who reported illness after taking the drugs said they coughed up blood, had blood in their urine, severe bloody noses, bleeding gums or internal bleeding, according to IDPH.

This comes a week after officials with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services sent out a warning to residents about the spike in issues linked to the use of synthetic marijuana containing brodifacoum in neighboring IL.

"Synthetic cannabinoids are part of a group of drugs called new psychoactive substances (NPS)". But since synthetic marijuana is not regulated and people don't know what chemicals may be in them, officials urge people not to use them, ever. "While efforts are under way to get contaminated drugs out of circulation, it's possible they could re-emerge".

"With this particular cluster, what we are seeing is people are coming in with various types of bleeding", Dr. Jennifer Layden, the chief medical officer of the Illinois Department of Public Health, told CBS Chicago in March.

Synthetic cannabinoids are human-made, mind-altering chemicals that are sprayed on to dried plant material, which can be smoked or sold as liquids to be used in e-cigarettes or other devices.

Synthetic cannabis is available at convenience stores, gas stations, drug paraphernalia shops and novelty stores, as well as online.

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