Syn­thetic drug death a warn­ing for users

Southern Telegraph - - News - Gareth McKnight

A coro­nial in­quiry into the death of a man who suf­fered multi-or­gan fail­ure in Kwinana af­ter tak­ing syn­thetic drugs is be­ing used to warn peo­ple of the per­ils of sub­stance abuse.

The Coroner’s Court of WA last month de­liv­ered its re­port on the 2015 death of Steven John Colloff.

The re­port states Mr Colloff was a reg­u­lar cannabis user but af­ter find­ing it dif­fi­cult to source the drug, turned to a syn­thetic cannabi­noid called Kronic.

Af­ter smok­ing Kronic on Novem­ber 21, 2015, Mr Colloff was found hav­ing seizures at Kwinana Beach carpark by a mem­ber of the pub­lic.

He was rushed to Royal Perth Hospi­tal and suf­fered from multi-or­gan fail­ure, as his heart rate in­creased to 180 beats per minute — and he died the next day.

Coroner Sarah He­len Lin­ton said in her re­port that Mr Colloff’s phys­i­cal state was so com­pro­mised he had “no hope” of be­ing saved, de­spite the best ef­forts of paramedics and med­i­cal staff.

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