Seven more severe bleeding cases spurred by synthetic cannabinoids have been reported in the greater Peoria area in the last day.
Daily numbers compiled by the Illinois Department of Public Health show two new cases in Peoria County and five more in Tazewell County, for a total of 26 in Peoria and 25 in Tazewell. Fulton, Mason, and McLean have also previously reported one case each.
The total number of cases reported statewide since last month is 95, including two deaths. One of those two suspected deaths was a 22-year-old man in Peoria.
The rest of the bleeding cases are concentrated in the Chicago area, including 26 within the city itself and an additional 7 in suburban Cook County. Cases are widely spread across age ranges, with the most cases concentrated between ages 25 and 34.
Many of the synthetic cannabinoid products are tainted with an element often used as rat poison.