Two poison control doctors claim to have documented the first known case of death by marijuana overdose in Colorado, sparking a medical debate over what killed an 11-month-old baby two years ago. The doctors behind the case report, Doctors Thomas Nappe and Christopher Hoyte, worked on the baby’s care as part of their duties at the regional poison control center.After multiple tests for rare diseases and anything possible that could lead to the kids death, the Doctors claim that damage to the child’s heart muscle, which was listed as the boy’s cause of death,since the only thing they could find in his system was ingested marijuana.
This is the first news story in which either of the doctors publicly discussed the case that was published in a medical journal in March of this year.Marijuana is one of the most widespread drugs used in America today. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 22 million Americans consume marijuana in any given month, and about one in five Americans regularly uses the drug, according to a study from Marist College.“The only thing that we found was marijuana. High concentrations of marijuana in his blood. And that’s the only thing we found,” Hoyte told KUSA. “The kid never really got better. And just one thing led to another and the kid ended up with a heart stopped. And the kid stopped breathing and died.”
Based on the timing of his symptoms, doctors concluded that the child had consumed a lot of marijuana very quickly, at one time, and didn’t get sick from being exposed to cannabis over time, such as from people smoking around him.