BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana officials reported three more dangerous synthetic marijuana compounds were added to the list of banned substances after they possibly were the cause of two deaths and several people being hospitalized.
Gov. Bobby Jindal and officials with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) announced PX 1, PX 2 and MDMB-CHMICA were added to the banned compounds list.
"Banning these new compounds is another step to help protect our children from these deadly drugs," Jindal said in a written release. "Law enforcement agencies are aggressively cracking down on perpetrators across the state, and we are sending a clear message that the sale of these dangerous drugs will not be tolerated."
"Retailers won't simply stop selling new versions of these dangerous drugs, so it's important for all of us to be proactive in combating their use," DHH Secretary Kathy Kliebert added. "We're doing our best to keep them off the street, but parents should talk to their children about synthetic marijuana now, especially with Mardi Gras and spring break quickly approaching."
Officials stated the three compounds have been identified in crime labs in Baton Rouge and Shreveport.