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Health authorities in Illinois warn users of Synthetic Pot of the ultimate humming kill – a rash of heavy bleeding suspected to be associated with contaminated drugs [
] Since Friday Thirty-two cases had been reported since the March 7 outbreak, half of which were in Greater Chicago, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
The agency warns authorities have not located the source of the contamination, and affected users have reported receiving their synthetic cannabinoids from friends, dealers and even stores.
"Synthetic cannabinoids have become popular because users often believe that it is not legal and safe," said department spokeswoman Melaney Arnold to NBC News. The narcotics are often marketed as K2 or Spice.
"Surely they are not safe, and in many cases they are actually prohibited."
Arnold said the symptoms of the outbreak are severe bloody noses, hemoptysis
While the synthetic drugs are called "cannabinoids" because they involve the same brain cell receptors as marijuana, they actually actually consist of hundreds of chemicals ̵