Patch Flash: Fake Drug Use Surges, Causes Real Problems

Chicagoland news to talk about: Drunk suburban drivers don’t heed police.


Citing American Association of Poison Control Centers statistics, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office said abuse of synthetic drugs is surging. Last year, poison control centers received 302 calls about bath salts; in 2011, that number has skyrocketed to 5,600. And national poison control centers received about 2,900 calls for synthetic marijuana issues; in 2011 so far, they've received nearly double. The sudden spike has lawmakers, parents and police worried because of the harmful effects of the chemicals and the unpredictable behavior of those under the influence.

, according to Mokena Police. Witnesses reported seeing a woman driving erratically and sometimes in the wrong lane. Officers found empty bottles of alcohol in the car. Jill A. Ford, 57, was charged with multiple offenses. 

. Reginald Hearon, of the 3500 block of Boyer Lane in Plano, pleaded guilty in September 2010 to reckless homicide and aggravated DUI. Hearon admitted to taking prescription drugs while he had been drinking alcohol, according to prosecutors.

He refused repeated requests from Libertyville police officers to get out of his vehicle in the pharmacy drive-through at Walgreens. Instead of getting out of his vehicle, Sweeney placed his car in drive and struck a parked police squad car.

and put on one-year supervision at the mental health facility where he currently lives. A Cook County judge said jail time wasn't appropriate for Steven Dutton.

“Heat up the turkey in the microwave for 9 minutes. Put pepper on it. Be sure it’s the right degrees. Put it on a plate and serve it to everyone.” Need some tips on how to make Thanksgiving dinner?

Charles Nozicka November 16, 2011 at 06:29 PM
This story should serve as a wake up call to our community. The use of these “synthetic marijuana substitutes and bath salts" is becoming increasingly common in Illinois. We have seen more and more cases in our emergency department this yearr. Patients get very paranoid and occasionally psychotic using these easily obtained products. These substances marketed as “bath salts or plant nutrients” are meant to be abused as alternative highs. There is no quality control with these commonly sold products. They are often 10 to 100 times more potent than marijuana. The medical side effects can be quite severe — heart pounding, severe headache, paranoia and even an acute psychotic state. Thanks for putting it on the patch front page — parental knowledge is key to prevention. Parents and young people need to heed your warning. Dr Charles Nozicka Pediatric Emergency Medicine Advocate Condell Medical Center Libertyville
Charles Nozicka November 17, 2011 at 07:58 PM
PS it has also been linked to causing AMIs (heart attacks) in young people - scary stuff! Dr N


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