Sheriff: Teen Found Unresponsive After Taking "Deathgrip"

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

ATHENS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- An 18-year-old man was found barely breathing and unresponsive after a friend told deputies he took a substance called “Deathgrip,” according to the Athens County Sheriff.

Sheriff Patrick Kelly says the incident happened Monday night at a residence along State Street in Albany.

Kelly says the substance is believed to be a form of synthetic marijuana. He says the friend told deputies that he bought two grams for twenty dollars a few weeks ago at a store in Athens.

The victim’s friend said the 18-year-old took multiple hits of the product and then began to seize.

Sheriff Kelly says the substance was packaged in a black bag with the word "Deathgrip" on the front. It had an image of a skull with a hand underneath.

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

No word on the teen’s condition.

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