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Daughter Claims Synthetic Marijuana Killed her Mother

This is an incredible tragedy.

Another death.  Another grieving family.  Another beautiful life cut short because of synthetic marijuana.

We would like to offer our sincere condolences to Kathleen Gaspar’s family, and pray that justice will be done.

Thank you, Shannon Sheehan, for coming forward, for sharing your story, and for helping us to fight synthetic marijuana.

Your courage and inspiration may have already saved lives.

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Fake pot, real risks: Daughter blames synthetic drugs for mother’s death

03/16/2012, 7:53 pm

Steve Stout, steves@mywebtimes.com, 815-431-4082


Following a family tragedy last fall, Shannon Sheehan of Ottawa is on a crusade.

“My mother, Kathleen Gaspar, died last September following a fall inside her Marseilles home,” said Sheehan. “And, although her death certificate says she died of massive head injuries, I am sure it was fake, synthetic pot that took her life.”

Sheehan, 31, a mother of two, wants to spread the word about the “little known dangers of synthetic pot and other drugs” gaining popularity across the state and nation.

Holding a photograph of her mother, 53, Sheehan explained it is her belief her mother smoked synthetic marijuana purchased from a local convenience store, became disoriented (“possibly delusional”) and stumbled around into walls and furniture around the house before finally falling, fatally striking her head. Continue reading

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ATTORNEY GENERAL MADIGAN’S PROPOSAL TO COMBAT SYNTHETIC DRUGS CLEARS HOUSE COMMITTEE

Springfield —Attorney General Lisa Madigan today announced that the House Judiciary Criminal Law Committee unanimously sent to the full House an amendment to the Illinois Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act that will help address the synthetic drug epidemic in the state.

“Drug makers’ continued attempts to sell synthetic drugs jeopardize the lives of teens and young adults,” Madigan said. “This bill recognizes that chemicals sold to be taken as drugs, regardless of what they’re called or their bogus labeling, are life threatening and illegal.”

Madigan said combating the synthetic drug epidemic presents unique challenges for law enforcement and prosecutors because the chemical makeup of the products can be easily altered by manufacturers to avoid violating the Illinois Controlled Substances Act. In addition, these drugs are sold in packages that misleadingly claim the products are legal as confirmed by so-called “official” lab results. Continue reading

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The Horror No Parent Should Face

On June 14, 2011 I got the call that all mothers fear. It was a beautiful day and I was at my friend’s house when my cell phone rang. A police officer told me that Max had a car accident and he had died. My whole world changed in that moment.

Nothing about my life is the same. There’s nothing that could be worse. But, I remember the police officer, who was at my home looking for me, telling me that all of my doors at the house were open and the animals were out.

Max was extremely responsible and conscientious, and I told him that something must have happened. But all I cared about was that my Max was gone.

My friend drove me to the hospital. The officer was in the ER, outside of Max’s ER room. He told me that Max had driven 100 miles an hour into a house. In the moment, I knew that my instincts were right, something had happened. Max would never drive 100 miles and hour and fly 80 feet through the air into someone’s home.

When I went into the ER room, I saw my lifeless son. He still had a breathing tube. They said they couldn’t remove it yet, for some reason. It didn’t feel like it was Max. He was already far gone.

I didn’t feel his spirit.It wasn’t him. All the beauty was gone. I didn’t want to touch him because he was already hard. It wasn’t Max. I didn’t want to look at him because it was too painful. Family and friends arrived at the hospital. I was in shock, but I remember everything. Continue reading

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Karen Dobner becomes of of the “Faces of 2011”

Faces of 2011: Grieving Aurora mom leads war on fake pot

By Denise Linke For The Beacon-News December 28, 2011 1:24PM

http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/9581389-417/after-death-of-son-auroran-karen-dobner-leads-war-on-fake-pot.html

Story ImageKaren Dobner, mother of Max Dobner who was killed when his car crossed Route 31 at Mooseheart road and hit a home, speaks out against the product her son and smoked prior to his accident. Dobner has created the To the Maximus Foundation in her sons honor and announces the creation of its executive board at Mooseheart school on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 . | Brian Powers~ Sun-Times Media

Aurora resident Karen Dobner has become a media regular in the past six months. NBC flew her to New York to appear on The Today Show. She’s given many TV and radio interviews on Chicago-area news stations. Reporters from around the world ask her for quotes.

She hates every minute of it.

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