Ga health officials warn about synthetic marijuana

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Public health officials are warning about the threat of synthetic marijuana after a rash of illnesses in southeast Georgia.

A substance sold under the names “Crazy Clown” or “Herbal Madness Incense” is making people sick, State public health officials said.

It’s marketed as herbal incense, bath salts or “roll-your-own” tobacco. The substance also is called synthetic marijuana or spice.

Authorities say eight people had to be treated at hospitals after ingesting the substance around Brunswick late Thursday and Friday.

“Three girls foaming at the mouth, one rolling around on the ground and my nephew couldn’t walk,” Jason Hedegard told WTOC-TV.

“I puked and then I woke up in the hospital,” Matthew Hedegard, 24, told the television of his Crazy Clown experience.

No one has been arrested, and police say they have to test the substance to determine whether it’s legal.

Police in Glynn County say the shipment of the drug has been traced to Colorado.

The Department of Public Health says it’s working with police to remove the items from stores.

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