Commissioners hear about new health threat

The dangers of synthetic marijuana and updates on the Fort Kaskaskia shelter house were among the items discussed at the April 6 Randolph County Board of Commissioners meeting.

Randolph County Health Department Administrator Stephanie Martin noted that the main health concern by the state health department recently has been synthetic marijuana, which is also called Spice, K2 or fake weed.

She stated that the chemicals used in producing synthetic marijuana have been causing people to get sick and have severe bleeding. Martin said that in Illinois so far two people had died and at least 80 had been treated.

A press release from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on April 9 stated that a third person had died after using synthetic marijuana and that 107 people have experienced severe bleeding. Of those that died, two were men in their 20s and the other a man in his 40s.

For more information on the synthetic marijuana problem, please see this week’s print edition.