St. John the Baptist Coroner Dr. Christy Montegut from Louisiana stands by his report that the dying of the unnamed 39-year-old lady whom he examined final month was attributable to a THC overdose.
Montegut offered a press release to The Advocate saying, “I’m pondering this girl should have vaped this THC oil and acquired a excessive degree in her system and it made her cease respiratory, like a respiratory failure.”
Keith Humphreys, a former senior coverage adviser on the White Home Workplace of Nationwide Drug Management Coverage, advised The Advocate: “We all know from actually good survey information that People use cannabis merchandise billions of occasions a 12 months, collectively. Not tens of millions of occasions, however billions of occasions a 12 months.”
He added: “So, that implies that if the chance of dying was one in one million, we’d have a few thousand cannabis overdose deaths a 12 months. Let’s assume (that the lady died from THC) is a truth. What do you conclude from that? It doesn’t justify actually something from a coverage viewpoint. It’s simply so extremely unlikely.”
Dr. Noah Kaufman, who practices in Colorado, had one thing to say in regards to the report by Dr. Montegut:
“THC is turning into so highly effective nowadays that we’re sort of enjoying with hearth a little bit bit, and there could also be increasingly more and extra those that begin to have some sort of an antagonistic response. The whole lot regarded above board, and the one factor they discovered was the THC within the blood and they also made an affiliation.”
Regardless of the opinion of different specialists, Montegut stands by his preliminary report. In an interview with WWLT, he mentioned that he’s 100 p.c positive of the readings they discovered.
“At excessive ranges, marijuana may cause respiratory melancholy, which implies a lower in respiratory, and if it is a excessive sufficient degree it might make you cease respiratory,” Montegut mentioned.
“I am 100 p.c positive of the readings we have discovered. I positively did some analysis earlier than I got here to the conclusion that this was the reason for dying,” he added.