There has been another death in IL involving synthetic marijuana use.
VanderMaiden said Quincy police received outside information about the hospitalizations in the Chicago area. "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.
A ruling on his cause of death was pending further investigation, but he told family members he smoked synthetic marijuana in the days leading up to his death, authorities said. There were also two fatalities in IL. The department says two deaths were men in their 20s and a third death was a man in his 40s.
"While there have been cases of adverse effects from synthetic cannabinoids, we have not seen the severe bleeding on this scale", Melaney Arnold, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Public Health, said Tuesday in a statement to The Washington Post.
The reported cases include: 89 in IL, two in IN, one in Maryland, one in Missouri and one in Wisconsin.
There have been no confirmed cases in Macon County.
In 2016, the Governor announced a new series of aggressive enforcement actions to combat the illegal sale of K2 and other synthetic cannabinoids. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
Most of the cases in the outbreak involved synthetic marijuana purchased from Chicago-area convenience stores, dealers, or friends, but officials warn the contaminated products could be in counties across the state or beyond. Those sickened have reported blood in the urine, severe bloody noses, bleeding gums and internal bleeding. Numerous people who reported being sick after using synthetic pot later tested positive for brodifacoum, a poison commonly used in rodent control. "Synthetic cannabinoids are unsafe".
But the reports of severe bleeding due to synthetic drug use is causing new concerns among public officials.
Synthetic cannabinoids are human-made, mind-altering chemicals that have similar properties to those found in the marijuana plant. The "fake week" can be found in convenience stores, gas stations, head shops, novelty stores across IL and the nation, as well as on the internet.