The Management of the Abia State University, Uturu (ABSU) has confirmed the death of a student who jumped down a three-storey building after allegedly smoking a banned psychotropic substance known as Colorado.
1st News reports that Colorado is a street name for synthetic cannabinoid and is classified as a psychoactive substance. Other names for the substance include Black Mamba, Amsterdam Gold, Mary Joy and Hawaiian Haze, among others.
The deceased, a 400-level Optometry student of ABSU, was identified as one Kamsi from Imo State. 1st News reports that the deceased student jumped to his death on Saturday, June 26, 2020. Specifically, the incident reportedly occurred at the deceased’s off campus residence.
Kamsi had taken the hard substance and subsequently could not control its effects. Thereafter, his friends locked him inside the room. They had reportedly gone to look for garri which they believed would help him overcome the effects of the drug.
However, the deceased had left the room through the balcony window. Eye witness accounts say he had jumped from the building under the influence of the drug. He was said to have been confirmed dead at a hospital.
The development was confirmed by the Chief Security Officer (CSO), ABSU, Ret. Navy Commander ThankGod Evulobi.
Evulobi revealed that the he student had taken the drug and before his friends could come to his aid; he had jumped out from the window. Further, the CSO, who condemned the worrisome trend of drug abuse among the youths, confirmed that the deceased was immediately rushed to the hospital where he was confirmed dead.
In addition, he stated that the parents of the student had already come to identify him; adding that they had taken away his corpse after meeting with the police.
‘‘These youths begin to consume hard drug right from secondary school…When they come to the university they become uncontrollable. We have continued to educate our students on the dangers of the hard drug. But some of them feel they are big boys. It’s unfortunate and parents need to do more especially when they are in secondary school,’’ he told a Vanguard correspondent.
Meanwhile, 1st News reports that Colorado is one of the most harmful drugs abused by young people. The substance has been known to cause some serious side effects such as mental health problems, psychosis and sometimes; a zombie-like state which might take a long time to recover from. It has also been known to cause death.
According to the National Institutes of Health, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health; ‘Colorado’ is often described as ‘synthetic marijuana’ or fake weed because some of its chemicals are like those in marijuana.
In 2014, no fewer than 177 different synthetic cannabinoids were reportedly in circulation and the manufacturers are constantly changing the chemicals to dodge the laws.