USA (PRWEB) July 25, 2014
As reported by the New Orleans Advocate in the article Use of Dangerous Synthetic Marijuana Increasing (7/3), the state of Louisiana has recently seen a large increase in people using synthetic marijuana, more so even than cocaine. Officials believe the increase is due to a misconception that the drug is safe because it's a “form” of marijuana. However, both doctors and police confirm that that belief is far from the truth. Going so far as to call it “poison,” doctors have acknowledged that the Louisiana Poison Control Center has received an influx of emergency calls from young people using the drug. Over the past year, the Baton Rouge hospital district has seen at least 200 cases related to synthetic marijuana. Many patients have experienced internal bleeding in the brain, very high heart rates and blood pressure levels, and aggressive hallucinations.
Among the hospital cases, doctors have seen people come in after experiencing psychotic episodes and one doctor recalled a patient who died after going into cardiac arrest. They have acknowledged that every case is different because people react differently to the various chemicals put into the drug. Since the chemicals in the drug are constantly changing, it is difficult for the state to keep changing to law to keep the substance illegal. Research and statistic have shown that synthetic marijuana abuse is high among veterans and school-aged children. In an attempt to offset the number of people who try it, Louisiana is currently making efforts to create a public health campaign.
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