Drug Brings Concern to Athens County Authorities

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An 18-year-old is found unresponsive but breathing after deputies say he smoked the drug "death grip."

Monday night, Athens County Sheriff Deputies responded to the call of an 18-year-old man who was unresponsive but still breathing. While investigating, deputies questioned a 21-year-old witness who says the two of them had recently purchased and smoked a drug called "death grip."

Investigators believe "death grip" to be a synthetic form of marijuana.

The witness told deputies the 18-year-old smoked the drug multiple times then began to seize and soon became unresponsive.

The 21-year-old said they had bought two grams for twenty dollars over the counter.

Sheriff Pat Kelly says the 18-year-old was taken to the hospital and his current condition is unknown.

The Sheriff's Office now warns about the drug saying it comes in a black bag with the words "death grip" on the front with an image of a skull with a hand underneath.

The drug is similar to bath salts and K2 in that the makers change up the chemical compounds to make them legal.

"They're gonna find ways to sell synthetic drugs. As we were looking at the package it said 'potpourri' on it and 'strawberry delight' or something. Those people that sell these kinds of chemicals to young kids are going to find a way to get around the law and chemicals," says Sheriff Pat Kelly.

The substance has been sent to the lab and matter is under investigation.

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