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Sheriff Pat Kelly says Lieutenant John Morris and Deputy Jon Arnold responded around eight last night to a State Street home for an 18-year-old boy barely breathing.
Kelly says a 21-year-old man told Deputy Arnold that he purchased two grams of “Death Grip” a few weeks ago over the counter at Twilight’s in Athens.
He says the man told deputies that he had smoked the product before, but just takes a hit at a time – while the 18-year-old took multiple hits.
The state took steps last year to ban synthetic drugs that were being sold over the counter, but chemists keep tweaking the formulas to keep them legal. Kelly says they won’t know if that’s the case with “Death Grip” until they get lab results.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine recently announced an effort by his office and the state Pharmacy Board to more quickly catch up with the new variations.
Kelly says he doesn’t know whether the teen was taken to a hospital or was just treated at the scene.