It never ceases to amaze what people will put into their bodies.
From methamphetamine, which can include everything from battery acid to drain cleaner to antifreeze, to the latest scare involving synthetic cannabis that contains rat poison, it must be quite the high for people to take those kinds of risks with their health and lives.
It is especially alarming to learn that of the 89 reported cases statewide over just the last month of severe and even fatal bleeding resulting from synthetic cannabis use — that was Thursday’s number, which by Friday at this writing had climbed to 95 — almost half had occurred in the Peoria area.
And it is frustrating no end that despite extensive media coverage of the threat, people keep ending up in emergency rooms … or in morgues.
Why Peoria and Tazewell counties would be such an outlier at this point has central Illinois law enforcement and public health officials perplexed. These are reported cases, of course, so it’s possible the problem is more widespread with users elsewhere not yet recognizing their symptoms — nose bleeds, bruising, etc. — and seeking medical attention. “Obviously a load got dropped here,” said Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell, adding that Peoria’s location halfway between Chicago and St. Louis along major interstates has long made it a narcotics