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Law enforcement warn about effects of Crazy Clown drug

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BRUNSWICK, GA (WTOC) -

Law enforcement officials are warning folks to stay away from a synthetic drug that sent eight people to the hospital, known as the "Crazy Clown Drug."

"I puked and then I woke up in the hospital," said Matthew Hedegard who used Crazy Clown.   

That's all the 24 year old remembersabout Thursday night after someone brought the synthetic drug to a party. The effects of smoking it sent him and seven others to the hospital.

"Three girls foaming at the mouth, one rolling around on the ground and my nephew couldn't walk," said Jason Hedegard.  

Glynn County Police said the group was smoking a new shipment of a synthetic incense called Crazy Clown that was made in Colorado but was purchased from Mary Jane's Emporium, a smoke shop in Brunswick.

Those that smoke this drug could experience symptoms of nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, weakness and even paralysis.

There have been no reports of this type of drug in Savannah stores but the Chatham County Counter Narcotics Team (CNT) has been partnering with novelty shops since 2011 to prevent these types of sales.

"Any of the shops that did contain a substance often contained it because they were given the information under false pretenses that it was not illegal to possess," said agent Gene Harley.  

But investigators are still testing the drug to see if it's legal. Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering said manufacturers and distributers may be skirting state and federal laws by altering ingredients to stay one step ahead of the law. 

If you see this type of drug in stores, be sure to contact the Counter Narcotic Team at (912) 652- 3900.  

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