Utah Representative finds Opioids in vaping material

Utah Representative finds Opioids in vaping material


EMILY GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR WATCHING ABC 4 NEWS … THE RISKS OF VAPING… ITS SOMETHING WE ARE SEEING REPORTS ON DAILY… REPORTS OF ILLNESSES AND EVEN DEATHS. AT LEAST 6 DEATHS REPORTED AND CONFIRMED NATIONWIDE RELATED TO VAPING. ANOTHER 450 CASES OF LUNG DISEASE SUSPECTED OF BEING CAUSED BY IT… SOME PATIENTS REPORTING ONLY USING T-H-C VAPE PRODUCTS… OTHERS ONLY NICOTINE… AND SOME A COMBINATION… THE ONLY COMMON FACTOR IS THEY WERE ALL VAPING… SOMETHING. [A10]VAPING DEATH INVESTIGATION 10-vOTS EMILY IN UTAH … THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IS LOOKING INTO 35 CONFIRMED VAPING ASSOCIATED LUNG DISEASE CASES AND 12 OTHERS THAT MAY BE RELATED. IN A STORY YOU’LL SEE FIRST ON FOUR… ABC4’S JASON NGUYEN LEARNS MORE ABOUT WHAT YOU’RE PUTTING INTO YOUR BODY WITH EVERY PUFF. HE JOINS US LIVE IN SALT LAKE CITY. JASON, HOW ARE DOCTORS DIAGNOSING THESE LUNG DISEASE CASES? JASON STATE OFFICIALS ARE LOOKING FOR TWO THINGS, CT SCANS AND X RAYS TO SEE IF YOUR LUNGS ARE INFLAMED AND IF YOU VAPED IN THE LAST 90 DAYS. THEY’RE NOT SURE EXACTLY WHAT’S CAUSING THIS OUTBREAK… AND ONE UTAH LAWMAKER SAYS WHAT’S IN SOME VAPE JUICE MIGHT NOT JUST BE HARMFUL… BUT ILLEGAL. :06-:15 1:29-1:41 UTAH DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH’S EPIDEMIOLOGIST KEEGAN MCCAFFERY HAS AN URGENT WARNING FOR UTAHNS. Keegan McCaffrey, Epidemiologist: We urge people to avoid vaping because we don’t know what is causing this outbreak of cases. ALL 35 CONFIRMED CASES THE STATE IS LOOKING INTO INVOLVE SOMEONE WHO VAPES NICOTINE, THC, OR BOTH. Keegan McCaffrey, Epidemiologist: Because of the finding of vitamin E acetate we are saying really specifically saying don’t vape THC cartridges and don’t buy them off the street. VITAMIN E ACETATE IS AN OILY SUBSTANCE COMMONLY FOUND THINGS LIKE LOTION BUT THE CDC RECENTLY FOUND IT IN VAPE CARTRIDGES. Keegan McCaffrey, Epidemiologist: These are new products. We don’t understand what the long term health effects are and they aren’t consistently regulated THAT’S WHY SENATOR MITT ROMNEY TWEETED THE FDA TUESDAY STATING IT “should consider recalling e-cigarettes as it continues to investigate recent deaths and illnesses related to vaping.” DISTRICT 13’S REPRESENTATIVE PAUL RAY AGREES. Rep. Paul Ray, District 13 R : If this were any other kind of a drug or food, it would have already been recalled. HE’S LOOKING AT INTRODUCING BILLS THAT COULD BAN VAPING, BAN ITS FLAVORS, AND OR TAXING IT. Rep. Paul Ray, District 13 R : Since 2014, we’ve been saying there is going to be major issues coming down the road to people and just been ignored to this point. AND NOW THE STATE REPRESENTATIVE SAYS HE HAS PROOF. HE SAYS, A MAN ON PROBATION RECENTLY FAILED A DRUG TEST DUE TO VAPING. Rep. Paul Ray, District 13 R : This was a good person who has not been doing anything. The opioids is what came up in his system. Tested the vape juice, there is opioids in the vape juice. So, what I asked is I asked a laboratory to go out and purchase samples from different stores across the Salt Lake Valley. HE ASKED THEM TO TEST MULTIPLE BRANDS FROM DIFFERENT STORES. Rep. Paul Ray, District 13 R : They pulled 17 samples off the shelves. Purchased those.took them back. out of the 17, 12 of those contained opioid traces. So they were able to detect opioids in the vape juice you’re buying off the shelves. HE SAYS THEY ALSO FOUND OTHER DRUGS IN VAPE JUICES LIKE BARBITURATES AND THC. What you’re buying off the shelf, and I’ve heard the industry say ‘it’s the black market guys,’ I’m going to call BS on that because these were legitimate shops across the valley that were doing that. So, I think it is an industry altogether that we have a big issue with. JASON REPRESENTATIVE PAUL RAY SAYS THE DEA IS INVOLVED IN HIS INVESTIGATION. HE TELLS ME HE’LL RELEASE HIS FINDINGS TOMORROW IN A PRESS CONFERENCE. HE DID TELL ME TO EXPECT LAWMAKERS TO INTRODUCE A SLUE OF BILLS IN THE UPCOMING LEGISLATION DEALING WITH VAPING. LIVE IN SALT LAKE CITY, I’M JASON NGUYEN ABC4 NEWS. EMILY A UTAH MOTHER SAYS

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