Synthetic drug death a warning for users
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.