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Two survive synthetic drug overdoses

WOODSTOCK – Two McHenry County residents nearly died from overdoses caused by synthetic marijuana use over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, according to the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

The individuals involved were in their mid-20s and suffered the overdoses on Friday in the Wonder Lake area, Undersheriff Andrew Zinke said. Both were incoherent and semi-responsive when deputies arrived.

Both individuals survived the overdose after paramedics identified the cause and treated them accordingly, according to police. They were transported to Centegra Hospital – McHenry.

Synthetic marijuana — commonly referred to as “K2” or “Spice” — is often marketed as potpourri or incense, and is a mixture of herbal leaves in various colors. The leaves are treated with chemicals that mimic the effects of cannabis after smoking it.

It is usually sold in square foil packs and plastic bags, police said.

Those who use the drug may experience severe hallucinations, psychotic episodes, seizures and an irregular heartbeat. It is a felony offense to possess or sell synthetic marijuana.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding the possession or sale of synthetic cannabis can call 800-762-7867 or email

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