Honey oil burns are a growing problem for California hospitals

Jun 8, 2015 1:13 PM by News Staff

Explosions and fires from the illegal manufacture of butane hash oil - cheap and easy to make but extremely volatile - have sharply increased in California in recent years.

The Sacramento Bee reports oil burns are a growing problem for two of Northern California's major burn treatment centers.

Hospital officials at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento and Shriners Hospitals for Children, Northern California, say injuries from butane hash-oil explosions account for 8 to 10 percent of severe burn cases, a larger percentage than from car wrecks and house fires combined.

Dr. David Greenhalgh, chief burn surgeon at both hospitals, says that between 2007 and 2014, 101 patients with suspected or confirmed burns from butane fires were admitted to the two hospitals, most of them in the past three years.


Information from: The Sacramento Bee

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