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21st September 2006 Original French - PDF doc / English semi translation via bablefish

16th October 2006 Original French - PDF doc / English semi translation via bablefish

21st November 2006 Original French - PDF doc English semi translation via bablefish

 

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English translation using Bablefish transalator


September 21 2006

INFORMATION RELATING TO the CANNABIS

During last weeks of associations of consumers of cannabis evoked on several occasions (in particular in an official statement addressed to the press from Nantes on September 7, 2006)"a persistent rumour of circulation of grass cut to crushed glass" and cases of hospitalization related to the consumption of these products in Brittany.

Challenged, the French Observatory of Drugs and Drug-addiction, person in charge for the device Sintes (national System of identification of the poisons and the substances)1 communicates the following elements.

The investigations carried out these last days tend to cancel these allegations with regard to the hospitalizations: ?

The DDASS of the Loire Atlantic and Ille and Vilaine contacted the services of the urgencies and pneumology of the hospitals of Nantes and Rennes. Didn't those raise any trace of hospitalization for pulmonary disorders due to the inhalation of hemp cut to glass crushed since July? Médecins association of the World contacted by the DDASS of the Loire Atlantique does not confirm the hospitalizations contrary with what is marked in the press release.

With regard to the presence of crushed glass, no confirmation could be obtained to date: ?

Since the beginning of September, Breton regional coordination Sintes solicited several people resources and did not obtain any testimony of circulation of such product on the Brittany area. Is an active research by the Sintes device in hand to try to obtain a sample of suspect product to analyze?

Questioned by the Sintes coordination of Rennes, the network of specialists in pneumology in the Breton Coordination of Tabacologie could make share of no description of pulmonary disorders related to the consumption of grass cut to crushed glass.

Other information: ? In July 2006, the scientific laboratory of police force of Lille analyzed a powder presented like a product intended for the cutting of grass of cannabis. The greenish powder of aspect came from the Netherlands according to the dispossessed person.

The analyses carried out made it possible to highlight microballs of glass (these microballs are not likely to involve serious medical effects in the short run). ? In August and September 2006, four samples could be collected by the Sintes coordination of Lille.

One of the products, supposed to contain microballs of glass, contained in fact of sand. The analyses of the three other products (two products supposed to contain sand, a product of glass wool) are in hand.

These elements reflect the situation to date. All new event will be communicated. 1 Set up since 1999, the Sintes device is a system of day before which falls under a prospect for public health and seeks to detect the presence of unusual and particularly harmful substances in illicit products.

 

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October 16 2006

INFORMATION RELATING TO the CANNABIS

Actualization of the official statement of September 21, 2006

During last weeks of associations of consumers of cannabis regularly evoked "a persistent rumour of circulation of grass cut to crushed glass" and cases of hospitalization related to the consumption of these products in Brittany.

Challenged, the French Observatory of Drugs and Drug-addiction, person in charge for the device Sintes (national System of identification of the poisons and the substances)1 had communicated first elements on 21 September last, now brought up to date.

With regard to the situation in Brittany: The investigations cancel the allegations relative to hospitalizations: ? The DDASS of the Loire Atlantic and Ille and Vilaine contacted the services of the urgencies and pneumology of the hospitals of Nantes and Rennes. Didn't those raise any trace of hospitalization for pulmonary disorders due to the inhalation of hemp cut to glass crushed since July?

Médecins association of the World contacted by the DDASS of the Loire Atlantique never confirmed the hospitalizations contrary with what was marked. The presence of crushed glass is not confirmed to date: ?

Questioned by the Sintes coordination of Rennes, the network of specialists in pneumology in the Breton Coordination of Tabacologie made share of no description of pulmonary disorders related to the consumption of grass cut to crushed glass?

Since the beginning of September, Breton regional coordination Sintes mobilized on the subject did not obtain any confirmation of circulation of such product on the Brittany area.

Within the framework of this research the Sintes device collected, at the beginning of October, a sample of product considered by the users suspect, as for his composition. This one is being analysed.

With regard to the situation in other French areas: ? In July 2006, the scientific laboratory of police force of Lille analyzed a powder presented like a product intended for the cutting of grass of cannabis. The greenish powder of aspect came from the Netherlands according to the dispossessed person. The analyses carried out made it possible to highlight microballs of glass (and not of crushed glass).

These microballs are not likely to involve serious medical effects in the short run.

1 Set up since 1999, the Sintes device is a system of day before which falls under a prospect for public health and seeks to detect the presence of unusual and particularly harmful substances in illicit products.

2? In August and September 2006, four samples could be collected by the Sintes coordination of Lille. The products contained a powder presumedly made up of microballs of glass for one, sand for two of them and glass wool for the last.

Complex analyses implemented within the framework of a collaboration with the network of the CEIP (Centers of evaluation and information on the pharmacodépendance) and the AFSSAPS (French Agency of safety medical of the products of health) and carried out by the physical Chemistry laboratory and crystallography of the UFR of Pharmacy of the University Victor Ségalen of Bordeaux, showed that these products contain, in various proportions, microballs of glass and quartz alpha forming a compound close but different from sand.

These particles, microballs and quartz alpha, because of their form (round in the case of the microballs or form not spiculée - without point for the quartz crystals), of their size, their adherence and their nature should not probably involve of immediate risk at the time of the inhalation.

These elements reflect the situation to date. All new event identified by the Sintes network will be communicated. Contact presses: Julie-Emilie Adès/ 01 41 62 77 46/ Julie-emilie.ades@ofdt.fr

 

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November 21 2006

INFORMATION RELATING TO the CANNABIS

Complement with the official statements of September 21 and October 16, 2006 In an official statement of October 16, 2006, the French Observatory of Drugs and Drug-addiction indicated to have collected, via the Breton regional coordination of the device Sintes1, a sample of product considered by the users suspect as for his composition.

It was specified that the product was being analysed. - the results of this analysis carried out within the framework of a collaboration with the network of the CEIP (Centers of evaluation and information on the pharmacodépendance) and the AFSSAPS (French Agency of safety medical of the products of health) and carried out by the physical Chemistry laboratory and crystallography of the UFR of Pharmacy of the University Victor Ségalen of Bordeaux, reveal that this product contains a large quantity of microballs of variable glass of dimension going from 0,02 to 0,3 mms in diameter.

This result thus does not confirm the rumour relating to the presence of crushed glass evoked by several associations of users. On the other hand it goes in the direction of other results of analyzed products these last months, recalled here: - In August and September 2006, four suspect samples were collected by the Sintes coordination of Lille.

The products contained a powder presumedly made up of microballs of glass for one, sand for two of them and glass wool for the last.

The complex analyses, identical to those carried out for the sample previously quoted, showed that these products contained, in various proportions, microballs of glass and quartz alpha forming a compound close but different from sand. - Lastly, in July 2006, the scientific laboratory of police force of Lille analyzed a powder presented like a product intended for the cutting of grass of cannabis.

The greenish powder of aspect came from the Netherlands according to the dispossessed person. The analyses carried out made it possible to highlight microballs of glass. According to the lung specialists questioned by network SINTES, these particles, microballs and quartz alpha, because of their form (round in the case of the microballs or form not spiculée - without point for the quartz crystals), of their size, their adherence and their nature should not probably involve of immediate risk at the time of the inhalation.

These elements reflect the situation to date. All new event identified by the Sintes network will be communicated.

1 Set up since 1999, the device Sintes (national System of identification of the poisons and the substances) is a system of day before which falls under a prospect for public health and seeks to detect the presence of unusual and particularly harmful substances in illicit products.



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