The Effingham County Sheriff’s Department has released a warning about a drug called “Crazy Clown,” according to NBC’s Savannah, Georgia affiliate - WSAV-TV – report on Friday.
The statement from the Effingham County Sheriff’s Department says that at least eight persons in Southeast Georgia were hospitalized within a 24-hour period late last week. Some were in critical condition as they were placed in intensive care and are on life support after allegedly having been used a substance being sold under the names of “Crazy Clown” and “Herbal Madness Incense, as well as other names. It has been reported that the drug is a form of synthetic marijuana.
One witness to the effects of the drug said that three of the persons using the drug foamed at the mouth and a fourth simply stretched out on the floor and was unable to move.
The substance is reportedly most commonly smoked or burned in a small bowl and inhaled. At this time, the active ingredients in the substance are unknown. The warning states that convenience stores and smoke shops could be endangering person’s lives by selling the drug.
The symptoms after taking the substance is nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, weakness, cardiac problems as well as possible paralysis – which some victims of the drug have experienced.
According to the Effingham County Sheriff’s spokesperson, David Ehsanipoor, the drug has been sent to the crime lab for testing. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control is also investigating the effects of the “Crazy Clown” drug on other users throughout the country. At this time, it has been reported that issuing a warning is all the the authorities can do - until testing with results have been completed.
It has been requested that if anyone sees this drug being sold in the Effingham County’s jurisdiction, contact their office at 912-754-3449. Outside of the Effingham County’s jurisdiction, it is a better idea to contact your own area’s authorities and refer to this news article.