Doctor: someone at your work might be using synthetic weed
BATON ROUGE - An ER doctor is asking companies to do more to help people kick the deadly habit of smoking synthetic pot.
Dr. Chuck Thompson says some of the area's largest employers need to watch their workers, because there's a good chance some are using.
"This drug will kill you," he said. "You're gone... Eventually."
Coroner Beau Clark says at least four recent deaths in Baton Rouge have been linked to Mojo, a brand name of synthetic marijuana. Two of those deaths are pending toxicology reports.
Synthetic marijuana is not new but still new enough that the law can't get a tight grip on it. The chemicals in synthetic pot constantly change making it hard for law enforcement to crack down.
Dr. Thompson says he's seen a spike in patients coming to the emergency room on Mojo.
"People are coming in from work with bizarre behavior," he said. "They're coming in from school and it's not just high school, it's junior high, acting bizarre, being aggressive and they're on this stuff."
Thompson is worried there is a growing trend of people on Mojo while at work. He's calling on employers to be more aware of the signs.
"When people show up at work on the stuff, they can be fairly normal and then all at once have a psychotic break," he said.
In 2014, Capital Area Human Services created a campaign against Mojo. A billboard stands along I-110 with a message that calls synthetic marijuana poison. It may look like marijuana, but it's often made overseas with dangerous chemicals.