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Local Drug Expert Warns of ‘Crazy Clown’

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The latest dangerous drug craze to hit the Midwest is called Crazy Clown, a handful of innocent-looking herbs sealed in a small foil packet and selling for $30 to $50 at head shops.

“What we’re seeing is synthetic drugs are kind of blossoming in terms of new names, new drugs, new chemicals coming along rapidly, being packaged in such a way that it fools the usually young buyer into thinking because it’s packaged the way it is that it must be OK, it must be safe,” says Dan Duncan with the local office of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

The Centers for Disease Control began investigating the drug after it sent eight users in Georgia to a hospital.

“I think what the public needs to understand and know is these are all dangerous drugs,” Duncan said about synthetic drugs. “With the new Crazy Clown drug, which I don’t think they even know what it is yet, it’s been linked to deaths already.”

Buyer beware big time that just because it’s being sold in a gas station or a head shop and it’s packaged to look like it’s some professional product, it is not and they are not safe,” he added.

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