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UPDATE: 3rd death reported in Illinois linked to synthetic cannabinoids

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UPDATE: Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said a Tazewell County man has died after suspected K2/Spice usage. 

The 46-year-old man was pronounced dead at 10:25 a.m. Monday at a Peoria hospital. The man's name and additional details are being withheld. 

This is the second suspected synthetic cannabinoid related death in the Peoria area since the current outbreak began.


Three people have now died as a result of synthetic cannabinoid usage in Illinois since March 7.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports 107 medical cases total across the state since the current outbreak began. The cases are concentrated in Central Illinois and the Chicago area. 

Tazewell County is currently reporting 32 cases, Peoria County is reporting 29, Mason is reporting 2, McLean is reporting 1, and Woodford is reporting 1. A Fulton County case was previously on the list, but was removed after the case only met two of the three criteria outlined by the IDPH, a spokeswoman said. 

At least one of the three deaths is believed to stem from the Peoria area. 

The synthetic cannabinoids are sold under the names Spice, K2, and other brand names. The IDPH warns not to use any synthetic cannabinoid products purchased over the past few months, as they may cause severe bleeding and bruising which can be fatal. 

If you have used one of these products, have someone drive you to a hospital or call 911 immediately. Do not attempt to drive yourself. 

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