Brandon Rice, 14, died last month, four months after destroying his lungs by smoking Spice through a plastic PEZ candy dispenser.
Despite the true story having been available for some time now, many mainstream media outlets continue to inaccurately report that a 14-year-old Pittsburgh boy died last month after a lung transplant made necessary due to his smoking fake pot which destroyed his lungs in June.
The boy smoked the fake marijuana out of a plastic PEZ candy dispenser and suffered chemical burns to both lungs as a result. He was put on a respirator in June and had a double-lung transplant in September.
Dr. J. Douglas Bricker, dean of Duquesne University’s Mylan School of Pharmacy, said that although he doesn’t underestimate the danger of the ingredients in the man-made designer drug, smoking synthetic marijuana in a plastic PEZ dispenser would have been a “significant factor” in Brandon’s death.“It’s (the drug) fairly potent, but nothing in the literature has been shown to cause any lung toxicity,” he said. But Bricker said plastic — such as that found in the candy dispenser — heated at high temperatures will release highly toxic cyanide gas and carbon monoxide.
“Weirdly enough, these … paragraphs are near the bottom of the longer story which has a lede that still vaguely describes the death as being from “a double-lung transplant after synthetic marijuana smoked in a PEZ candy dispenser destroyed his lungs.”