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  •   Home > News > Law and Order

    A coroner has blamed synthetic cannabis and methylated spirits for the death of an unemployed Taupo man

    A coroner has blamed synthetic cannabis and methylated spirits for the death of an unemployed Taupo man


    49-year-old Andrew McAllister died in August last year, after smoking synthetic cannabis and collapsing onto the floor the night before.

    His friends were with him when he collapsed, but coroner Gordon Matenga found they didn't immediately attend to him because he had collapsed a number of times before.

    The coroner found he was known to drink methylated spirits and would often have a bottle nearby.

    He also smoked cannabis before using synthetics once it became legally available in shops.

    The coroner said he would often drink meths or smoke synthetics to the point where he would lose consciousness.

    © 2019 Newstalk ZB, NZCity


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