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BATON ROUGE - State health leaders released a music video Friday as part of ongoing efforts to curb synthetic marijuana use in Louisiana.

The video, "No More MOJO" from Ivan Toldson aka Love-N-Pain, is only one part of a month-long prevention effort by Capital Area Human Services.

CAHS also said anti-synthetic marijuana posters, videos, and music will be distributed among radio, TV, social media outlets, and at schools and other community areas. The ads highlight the negative health effects and legal ramifications of using or trafficking in synthetic marijuana.

Health officials said that nearly 11 percent of American high school seniors have used synthetic marijuana in the past year. The drug is a chemical compound whose makeup keeps changing to try and skirt around controlled substance laws, and produces a cannabis-like high.

Sometimes called "mojo," health experts say these synthetic compounds can produce bleeding in the brain, increased blood pressure that can cause strokes and paralysis, and have been linked to dangerously aggressive behavior. Emergency room visits and poison control calls linked to synthetics have been increasing, and officials said the drug caused more than 11,400 ER visits in the U. S. during 2010.

Senator Sharon Weston Broome also issued a proclamation declaring September as national recovery month to raise awareness of substance abuse, which affects about 8 percent of all adults.

For more information about synthetic marijuana and substance abuse, visit the Department of Health and Hospitals website.

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