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Parents warn against synthetic marijuana after 19-year-old son dies

Family Says Teen Died After One Hit of Synthetic Pot

Parents of a 19-year-old California teen who recently died after smoking synthetic marijuana spoke to KTLA about trying to prevent similar deaths from happening in the future.



On July 11, Connor Eckhardt inhaled one hit of dried herbs that had been sprayed with chemicals to cause a pot-like high, his parents said.

"In a moment of peer pressure, he gave into that, thinking that was OK, it was somehow safe, and one hit later, he goes to sleep and never wakes up," Connor's father, Devin Eckhardt, said.

Connor Eckhardt quickly slipped into a coma and experienced brain swelling, his parents said.

Effects of smoking the often-legal product include altered mental state, irregular heartbeat and seizures, the Los Angeles Times reported.

"These substances are not benign," Dr Andrew Monte, the lead author of an editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine, said. "You can buy designer drugs of abuse at convenience stores and on the Internet. People may not realize how dangerous these drugs can be – up to 1,000 times stronger binding to cannabis receptors when compared to traditional marijuana."

Since Connor Eckhardt's death, his parents fulfilled his wish to have his organs donated and created a Facebook page meant to carry on his memory and tell others about his untimely death.

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pkn04 August 15 2014 at 8:05 AM

Stop calling this crap synthetic marijuana. It is NOT anything close to marijuana. Its chemicals sprayed on parsley or some other leafy plant. Do not confuse this with pot. Calling it that just makes people think its ok to do it

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mvnup August 15 2014 at 8:00 AM

The answer is very simple JUST SAY NO TO DRUGS.

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mgt0331 August 15 2014 at 7:15 AM

Yes. Weed is ok, Sure. Tell his heart broken Mom that. Keep experimenting, keep putting money in the hands of unregulated drug dealers. Everything is OK America. Keep you kids off drugs. Nothing is ok. Thank the progressives.

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claudia3197 August 15 2014 at 7:29 AM

Heart wrenching seeing a mom laying on her son, like she's trying to protect him. I can't imagine the pain. Sending the family my love light. :(

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plewdawg August 15 2014 at 7:48 AM

Just nature culling the herd of dumb asses.

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debnaert August 15 2014 at 11:32 AM

Anyone that HAS TO HAVE a HIGH or a tranquilizer in their BRAIN is a complete ignorant moron! Anyone that smokes this crap or any other crap is as stupid as they come! Colorado will rue the day they legalized any of this crap.

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c1g2w3 August 15 2014 at 7:33 AM

I would't eat spinach after its been in the hands of hundreds of low life drug users and dealers.They are not the cleanliest or most trustworthy people. If you are foolish enough to smoke anything grow it your self.

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valeryvee August 15 2014 at 11:17 AM

This substance is NOT synthetic marijuana. It is dangerous chemicals!

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greycat.kramer valeryvee August 15 2014 at 6:38 PM

They don't care; I guess if someone ask them to jump off a bridge, they would....peer pressure not; stupid, YES.
I feel for this family, but that young man made a choice because his stupid friends thought it was o.k.
Now, a young man is dead.....where are his peers now???? Probably urging some others do to the same.
THINK, YOUNG PEOPLE, THINK, AND THINK FOR YOURSELVES.....walk away, and you will be the intelligent ones.

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mvnup August 15 2014 at 8:02 AM

With the media and so many people promoting pot and other drugs it’s no wonder there are so many people willing to try them.

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tresteb342 August 15 2014 at 7:30 AM

too bad shane was not the one to die sounds like he will be on welfare sitting around in a obama paradise while the rest of us work to support the worthless pothead.

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