By Paul Mrozek
It was a pair of unrelated incidents that happened four days apart in different counties, but there was a link between the two — use and abuse of synthetic marijuana.
A 17-year-old from Le Roy suffered a seizure and ended up in the emergency room and an 18-year-old Livingston County woman crashed her car in Perry. Both had ingested the hallucinogenic substance, which can be legally purchased in novelty stores, shops that sell drug paraphernalia and on Indian reservations.
“People are abusing them. It’s readily available in Batavia,” said Genesee County sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Mullen of the Genesee County Local Drug Task Force. It includes members of the sheriff’s department, city of Batavia Police, village of Le Roy Police and the District Attorney’s Office.
“This stuff is messing people up more than the marijuana,” Sgt. Greg Walker of the Genesee Sheriff’s Office said this week.
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