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Friday, October 28, 2011
PA Boy Dies After Smoking Synthetic Marijuana
A Pennsylvania eighth-grader who became ill after smoking synthetic marijuana and had a double lung transplant has died.
The boy's mother said that her 13-year-old son, Brandon, died Thursday morning at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh at UPMC.
The boy smoked the fake marijuana out of a plastic PEZ candy dispenser. The chemicals in the drugs caused extensive damage to his lungs.
Brandon was put on a respirator in June and had a double lung transplant in September. The boy's mother says anti-rejection drugs he'd taken since the transplants weakened his immune system and made him unable to fight a recent infection.
Pennsylvania's Governor signed a law outlawing such substances a few days after the boy smoked it. The ban took effect in August.