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THC a Florida and national problem

The Today Show aired a significant look at the problems posed by THC-laced edibles. Unfortunately, Florida has the distinction of being mentioned in the story because five local high school students were recently sent to the ER after ingesting THC-laced gummies.

The full Today Show piece, “Edible marijuana that looks like candy is sending kids to the ER” is well worth the watch for parents, teachers, administrators and community leaders.

More Florida students hit with THC candies

On the heels of the five Boca Ciega students being sent to the ER after ingesting THC-laced gummies, students from at St. Petersburg’s Northside Christian School injested THC-gummies on the way to a spring break baseball game.

According to the story, covered by Channel 8, two students were expelled and another seven were suspended. For full details see “Northside Christian students busted for drug-laced gummies on way to baseball game.”

Five Florida students sent to ER after eating THC edibles

Channel 8 ran a story about police warning parents about drug-laced candies containing THC. This occurred after five students from Gulfport’s Boca Ciega High School were sent to the hospital after “eating drug-laced gummy worms.” Channel 8 also reported that St. Petersburg’s police recently confiscated “marshmallow/cereal type of treats, gummies and lollipops that were laced with high concentrations of THC.”

For more details see “Police share photos, video, of drug-laced candies to warn parents.”

THC tied to horrific self-stabbing teenage death

In perhaps the most horrific example of a death associated with THC, Daniel Juarez, 18, stabbed himself 20 times including a stab to the heart. According to a CBS report, Juarez had more than 7 times the legal standard for THC-intoxication in his system.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

The CBS report also indicated that after smoking pot, Juarez said he’d had an epiphany and then ran around wildly. He went into his apartment, got a knife and stabbed himself 20 times. CBS reports that Erika Juarez said “I lost my brother to it. It’s not harmless, it can kill people and most people don’t see that.”

THC habit triggered fatal heart condition

A 53-year old UK man died from a heart condition known as cannabis cardiotoxicity trigged by his pot use according to an article in the Daily Mail.

The article reports that the Bolton Coroner’s Court ruled that John O’Brien died from the heart problem caused by smoking cannabis. Mr. O’Brien developed his THC habit after a car accident.

THC tied to 26-year old’s falling death

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

A CBS report on deaths associated with THC intoxication details the falling death of Tron Dohse. Dohse had more than five times the Colorado impaired driving limit for THC in his system when he decided to climb the outside of his apartment building to gain access to his apartment. He fell to his death.

See the CBS report for more information.

THC related to 17-year old’s suicide

According to a CBS report, Brant Clark’s mother reported that her 17-year-old son smoked a large amount of pot at a party which lead to a “major psychotic break.” Over the next three days he ended up in the ER at two hospitals.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

The CBS4 reports found that Brant told doctors, “Marijuana really messed me up” and that Brant “reported feelings of paranoia after marijuana that he couldn’t shake.”

CBS reports that Brant’s mother said “I believe my son would be alive today if he had never used marijuana.”


Butane explosion kills man trying to extract THC

According to an article in OregonLive, Joseph Westom died as a result of receiving burns over 90% of his body after an explosion occurred in a garage where Westom and a friend were extracting THC from marijuana using butane. Butane, the same flammable gas used in lighters, is commonly used to extract THC from marijuana.

Westom died 18 days after receiving the burns and his friend spent six weeks in a coma and went through multiple surgeries to graft skin to replace skin burnt in the explosion.

Man with THC in his system charged with vehicular manslaughter

A man was arrested on multiple complaints including manslaughter. Authorities said he had marijuana in his system when he caused a deadly collision in Oklahoma County in December, 2014. According to the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s office, the collision happened on December 1, 2014, in the 900 block of S. Anderson Road. Matthew Allen Kupczynski, 26, reportedly drove into oncoming traffic and crashed into another vehicle driven by 56-year-old Lowell Wayne Allen. Allen was killed as a result of the crash.

Colorado THC vacationer shoots himself

Luke Gregory Goodman, age 22, from Oklahoma was on vacation in Colorado. He was on a family ski trip in Keystone. The  Summit County Coroner’s Office said witnesses told investigators that Goodman ate multiple servings of THC-infused candies. Some hours after eating the candies, he shot himself in the head and after two days on hospital life support, died.

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