‘He could have died’: 6 boys taken to hospital after using type of synthetic marijuana

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CLEVELAND-- Police say six boys, between the ages of 11-15, were rushed to local hospitals Sunday night after experiencing the effects of a type of synthetic marijuana.

Renee Thompson was the first to spot the boys at W. 117th St. and Headley Ave. She asked her daughter to call 911 while she tried to help one of the boys who appeared to be unconscious.
"He came back and he was talking like he was alright. Then he started crawling around in the grass like a dog and barking...I was wondering what was wrong with him, and then he stood up and he was staggering and then he started throwing up and another boy was laying on the ground and he was jumping around like a fish out of water."

Thompson said one of the boys told her they had been approached by a street dealer, who sold them a product called 'hammerhead' herbal smoking incense, unaware of the potent effect of the so-called synthetic cannabis.

Two of the boys were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center; the other four were taken to Fairview Hospital, where they were treated and released to their families.

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