Bath Salts Suspected in Gruesome Attack
May 30, 2012
Last Saturday in Miami, a man named Rudy Eugene gruesomely and repeatedly bit into another man’s face. President of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police Armando Aguilar believes that bath salts, a synthetic drug, are an underlying culprit in Eugene’s attack. Bath salts, which act on the brain like other stimulants, are highly addictive and elicit intense cravings similar to methamphetamines. While their most common side effects are agitation, fast heart rate, and hallucinations and delusions, seizures, high blood pressure, and paranoia, they have also been linked to deaths.
“These substances are among the worst poison centers have ever seen,” said director of the Louisiana Poison Center, Mark Ryan. “The psychosis seen in some users is truly remarkable, in a very scary way. People high on these drugs have done some bizarre things to themselves and hurt others around them. It’s important that parents and young people understand just how dangerous these synthetic drugs are.” Last fall, DEA banned bath salts and their active ingredients. “These chemicals pose a direct and significant threat,” says DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart, “and we will aggressively pursue those who attempt their manufacture and sale.”
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