According to the New Orleans Advocate, Coroner Christy Montegut claims that he’s recorded the first-ever case of a marijuana overdose.
Montegut, who has served in his post since 1988, revealed that a 39-year-old woman was found dead in her apartment in February and a toxicology report said the woman had 8.4 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood. He added that the woman likely vaped a highly concentrated THC oil and went into respiratory failure.
A police report noted the woman allegedly visited the emergency room with a chest infection three weeks before she died, with Montegut adding that nothing in the toxicology report pointed to other causes of death. He stated, “It looked like it was all THC because her autopsy showed no physical disease or afflictions that were the cause of death. There was nothing else identified in the toxicology—no other drugs, no alcohol. There was nothing else.”
Former senior policy adviser at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Keith Humphreys, questioned the report, saying there would be more recorded marijuana overdoses if humans were able to consume that level of THC.
“We know from really good survey data that Americans use cannabis products billions of times a year, collectively. Not millions of times, but billions of times a year. So, that means that if the risk of death was one in a million, we would have a couple thousand cannabis overdose deaths a year.”