According to police and hospital officials in Floyd County, a 17 year old Floyd County girl ended up in the intensive care unit at Floyd Medical Center last Friday after allegedly being given synthetic marijuana and an energy drink by a parent of one of her friends earlier that day. The report at the Floyd County Jail did not indicate where 32 year old Serena Jacinda Duvall had actually purchased the synthetic marijuana she supposedly gave the 17 year old and a 16 year old friend, however it did state that she bought the energy drink, along with alcohol, at a north Rome convenience store.

Chattooga County Sheriff John Everett told AM 1180 recently that synthetic marijuana is a big problem with teenagers in Chattooga County.  The problem has been addressed with legislation and regulations, but according to the sheriff the manufacturers of the substance continue to re-brand and re-package the synthetic marijuana which makes it hard to keep it off store shelves and out of the hands of young people.

Everett told AM 1180 that local investigators have sent re-branded products that would appear to be legal to sell to the GBI crime lab to test the ingrediants.  If the products contain certain ingrediants similar to products earlier banned the sheriff said that it could be removed from the shelves of local convenience stores.

Parents should warn children about the dangers of synthetic marijuana.  Multiple children have wound up in the hospital as a result of smoking the substances. The material is often packaged as incense or potpourri.