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EMS: Synthetic pot a dangerous problem

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Posted: Jun 13, 2014 3:58 PM by Troy Gaulden
Updated: Jun 13, 2014 6:53 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: pot, drugs, EMS, synthetic marijuana, weed

BATON ROUGE - Emergency responders say synthetic marijuana has become a dangerous problem in Baton Rouge.

Emergency Medical Services has responded to 17 synthetic marijuana overdoses in the past month, according to EMS spokesman Jody Chandler. That's why EMS says it's become a big problem.

"They just don't know what it actually is and there's a possibility that they're getting a hold of something that's really going to hurt them," said Chandler.

Chandler says recent synthetic pot busts will help to put a dent in the issue, but people need to realize what they are getting into with the drug.

"They're being disoriented. They can become violent or actually to the extent of having seizures. You're also looking at some of these guys having high core body temperatures to where it can be very severe," said Chandler.

EMS says several people in Baton Rouge have even gone into intensive care after overdoses from synthetic marijuana.

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