Peoria and Tazewell counties are still seeing a spike in synthetic cannabinoids with each passing day.
As of Sunday, Peoria County is tied with Chicago with 26 cases.
Tazewell County is close behind, with 25.
“From February til March, we saw the number of times we had encountered people taking these drugs quadruple,” says Josh Bradshaw, AMT. “That was heavily skewed towards the end of the month. It really makes us concerned for what April is going to bring.”
Those three counties alone contain well over half of the total 95 cases in Illinois.
First responders and health officials say this crisis is most likely still gaining steam.
“We were going to start to see it trail off, but unfortunately that’s not happening,” says Dr. Gary Knepp, Unity Point Health. “The numbers continue to come in everyday.”
Health officials say components of this drug take months to leave your system with the right medications.
If users don’t follow the regiment through it’s entirety, they revert back almost instantly and are at severe risk for severe bleeding and death.