Two dead, 56 sickened from synthetic pot

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April 2, 2018 - 11:00 PM

CHICAGO (TNS) — Two people have died and 56 have been sickened in the Chicago area and central Illinois after using synthetic pot, popularly known as K2 and Spice, state officials said Monday.

Over the weekend, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced that one person had died after using synthetic cannabinoid products, but on Monday the state agency announced that a second person had perished. Nearly half of those sickened were in the Peoria area and more than 20 were in the Chicago area. Generally, those who became ill after using the drug were hospitalized for internal bleeding as well as blood coming from the ears, eyes and mouth.

The names of the two who died have not been made public, but state public health officials said the deaths took place in the Chicago area and in central Illinois, according to a news release.

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