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Man Unresponsive After Smoking 'Deathgrip' Substance

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The Athens County Sheriff's Office is investigating a drug-related incident that occurred at an Albany home Monday night.

Deputies were called to a home on State Street, in Albany, at about 8:04 p.m. Monday on a report of an 18-year-old male who was not breathing.

Arriving deputies met Athens County EMS personnel on scene. Medics were with the male who appeared to be unresponsive, but breathing, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies interviewed a 21-year-old man on scene who told deputies that the 18-year-old male had smoked a product called "deathgrip" just before he became unresponsive.

The 21-year-old male told deputies that he had purchased two grams of the substance from Twilights, in Athens, several weeks ago for $20. The man said that he had purchased the product over the counter.

Store workers told NBC4 that the product is potpourri, not for consumption, but for aromatherapy.

The man told deputies that he had previously smoked the product but that he just takes one hit at a time and that the 18-year-old had taken multiple hits.

The 18-year-old man began to seize after smoking the "deathgrip" substance from a homemade device, according to the 21-year-old man.

The 18-year-old told NBC4's Marcus Thorpe that he is fine now. He said he had smoked the substance before, and that this time, he took too much and blacked out. He said he had trouble breathing.

The product was sold in a black bag with the image of a skull with a hand underneath, according a release from the sheriff's office.

The substance is believed to be a synthetic form of marijuana, according to the sheriff's office.

A sample of the "deathgrip" product was sent it to the lab to be identified.

The sheriff said that if nothing illegal is found in the substance, there is no action to take against the store, and that common sense has to win out for the buyer.

The incident remains under investigation.

The 18-year-old male told NBC4 that he is done smoking everything.

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