Winnebago County sees nine cases of severe bleeding from synthetic cannabinoids

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Published: Jun. 25, 2018 at 4:49 PM CDT
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WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) - The Illinois Department of Public Health reports more than 160 cases of severe bleeding form synthetic cannabinoids with several new cases happening in Winnebago County.

According to the health officials, 15 Illinois counties have at least one reported case along with new cases appearing in Wisconsin. Winnebago County has seen nine cases while Stephenson County has seen one; in total there have been more than 160 patients in the state.

Doctors say the synthetic cannabinoids, commonly called K2 or spice, can lead to severe bleeding, sometimes hospitalization and possibly death. IDPH Director Nirave Shah says it is unclear if this is a new batch of synthetic drugs or the same batch from March.

The IDPH says people who have become sick have reported coughing up blood, blood in the urine, severe bloody nose, bleeding gums and internal bleeding.

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