Incense smoking hospitalizes three in Clarkstown

April 19, 2011 3:20:42 AM PDT
Three young people in Clarkstown have been hospitalized after smoking the incense "AM-HI-CO Atomic Bomb."

The incense is sold legally, but is causing serious side effects.

On Saturday evening at approximately 10:45 P.M., Clarkstown police responded to the underground parking lot of the Palisades Mall for a complaint of someone having difficulty breathing and being unresponsive.

A 19-year-old Wisconsin man appeared to be having convulsions and was combative when officers tried to give him aid.

He was hanging on to the door handle of his car.

His friends, who were with him, reported that he was smoking the herbal incense "AM-HI-CO Atomic Bomb."

Shortly after smoking the incense, the 19-year-old began shaking and then became stiff.

The teen was transported to Nyack Hospital and has been admitted to the intensive care unit.

Then, on Sunday afternoon at about 4 p.m.., Clarkstown Police responded to a New City residence after receiving a 911 hang up call.

Police responded to the residence but there was no answer at the door.

The police were able to enter a car parked in the driveway and then use the garage door opener to get inside the house.

Once inside the house they found two women, one 19- and one 20-year-old.

One of the women was conscious, breathing and speaking but could not move her body.

The second woman was feeling dizzy and was slightly disorientated.

One of the females stated that they were smoking the herbal incense.

Both were transported to Nyack Hospital and later released.

Clarkstown Police have determined that this incense was purchased at a tobacco kiosk at the Palisades Mall.

The package is in an aluminum packet labeled "AM-HI-CO ATOMIC RANGE."

The small silver package is marked as a novelty collector's item.

On the rear of the package is a warning that it is not for human consumption, not to be sold to persons under 18 years of age, and to contact a doctor immediately if consumed.

The print instructions on the packaging state not to consume, ingest, imbibe or burn the contents, and if the contents is burned, not to inhale the smoke.

The ingredients labeled on the package are Vanilla, Indian Warrior, Maconha Brava, Marshmallow, Blueberry, Strawberry, Wild Cherry, and Damiana.

Clarkstown Police have spoken to the salesperson at the tobacco kiosk and he stated he warns people that the incense is not intended to be smoked.

Police say that there does not appear to be any violation of any laws.

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