Published: Fri, September 06, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

OR vape death patient used THC device from dispensary

OR vape death patient used THC device from dispensary

"All of our cases who have reported using these THC products have reported buying them off the black market, so we have absolutely no idea what was inside these cartridges that they were vaping", said Holzbauer. It was discovered after investigators in New York State asked patients to submit vape products for testing, and the oil was found in 10 of 18 cannabis products.

The acetate is the oil derived from vitamin E and is typically used for skin treatments and is not known to be harmful when ingested.

Those affected had symptoms including coughing, shortness of breath and fatigue as well as some cases of vomiting and diarrhoea. As of August 27, there have been 215 possible cases reported from 25 states.

It comes after the State of IL launched an investigation last week into the death of an individual who had used an e-cigarette product and was later hospitalized with a severe respiratory illness. This statement was based on interviews with the patients, however the state agency is working with the FDA to coordinate samples of suspected THC products for testing. Redfield and Sharpless make clear there is not one single product that links all of the cases, despite THC and cannabinoids being noted in many cases.

"More information is needed to better understand whether there's a relationship between any specific products or substances and the reported illnesses", FDA senior adviser Michael Felberbaum says in an emailed statement Thursday.

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Thomas declined to name the brand of the product or the dispensary where it was purchased, citing the ongoing investigation. More than a dozen cannabis samples were tested, a health department spokeswoman said Thursday.

Conley said the fact that the OR patient had vaped a product containing THC, the compound that gives marijuana its high, was a critical distinction. Shortly after that death, the CDC announced their investigation into the over 200 reported cases of lung illnesses linked to vaping.

"We don't yet know the exact cause of these illnesses - whether they're caused by contaminants, ingredients in the liquid or something else, such as the device itself", said Dr. Ann Thomas, the public health physician at the Oregon Health Authority. "And at this point we have no idea what's causing the illness". Most of these sufferers had been vaping cannabis compounds. Users of vape products should never modify vape products or add any substances to these products that are not intended by the manufacturer.

According to a Fox News report, Kevin Boclair (19) was connected to a heart-lung machine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where doctors have said he might need to undergo lung transplant surgery. They were "otherwise healthy and quickly became very ill", she said. "If you inhale particles of oil, that can cause a lung reaction".

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