Bath Salts Blamed for Face-Eating Attack Make Crack Look Like Child's Play

bath saltsRemember back in the good old days, when the standard response to somebody doing crazy stuff was "What are you, on crack or something?" Yeah, I called 'em "good old days" -- because as wack as crack was (and is), I've never heard of a naked crackhead eating somebody's face off.

Nope, behavior THAT extreme is apparently one of the lovelier side effects of "bath salts," the synthetic drug being blamed for the grisly Miami "cannibal" attack.

Other side effects include:

Extreme aggression, paranoia, psychosis, depression, suicidal thoughts, hallucinations, temporary bursts of seemingly super-human strength, death ... and, in the case of one guy, running from the cops at 1 a.m. because you think you're being "chased by lightning."

Um, awesome. What the hell ARE bath salts, anyway?!

According to the DEA, bath salts are a “designer drug of the phenethylamine class," usually containing "amphetamine-like chemicals such as methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), mephedrone, and pyrovalerone."

Bath salts come in a powdered form which can be injected, inhaled or swallowed and are sold under names like Magic Plant Food, Ivory Wave, Red Dove, Purple Wave, Blue Silk, Cloud Nine and Ocean Snow ... legally.

Most of the time, anyway. Because while some states have banned bath salts (it should be noted that Florida, scene of the flesh-eating crime, is one of those states), they're perfectly legal to purchase in most areas of the country.

I know what you're thinking: A person can go to jail for smoking a substance that, worst case scenario, might make them pig out on Taco Bell -- but NOT for smoking a substance that, worst case scenario, might make them pig out on some guy's face?!

Yes. Unfortunately, synthetic drugs are tough to control, even in states where they're banned. According to the NCSA, "minor changes to the chemical make-up of these substances can create new but very similar drugs not covered in the law."

Let's hope what happened in Miami stops people from trying bath salts since the law can't.

Have you heard any horror stories about bath salts?

 

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Freela Freela

I had watched a tv show a few months ago about a teenager who slit his own throat while under the influence of so-called 'bath salts.'  He had purchased it legally in his state, at the gas station of all places!  It was the first I had heard of it before this crazy incident in Miami.  Sounds like a scary drug.  I would much rather we legalized marijuana and cracked down on this stuff!

jennbitt jennbitt

I have tried bath salts and I hadn't had none of these side affects and I'm thankful. What in the world. Crazy things drug addicts do.

Shandi80 Shandi80

Yes, and I agree with Freda. How many more people have to die before this stuff is banned and certain natural plants are legalized?

jennbitt jennbitt

From my understanding they do and have and are banning the bath salts but the companies keep redoing the package and changing the names or whatever. So it's harder for them to crack down on it.

Mindi Brizendine

I'm glad you wrote this article. I don't have much knowledge on the drugs that are popular. If I saw something at a gas station that said magical plant food, I'd think it was for plants and probably use it for them. I don't do drugs and never have. I'm happy to know what to watch out for now. Why are they called bath salts?

nonmember avatar A

I saw a guy on "Intervention".on bath salts. He home-made "weapons" to fight off "shadow people" out of household items and garbage. He had a pole with a tuna can lid as a blade, and many other assorted "weapons".



The guy was in his early 20s. He had to go to therapy after quitting because he experienced psychosis.



nonmember avatar A

It's also sold as "PumpIt Shoe Deodorizer".



Lisa Moore

Bath Salts? Please.. get ready for the zombies.

nonmember avatar Allison

@Mindi:
Normally, they would be sold under the guise as "bath salts" or plant food in places like liquor stores, gas stations, or vendors like that.
It kind of sounds crazy that drugs like that are allowed but if you've ever seen "spice" jars (synthetic marijuana) being sold in some corner stores, you can kind of see how it's allowed as spice is a hell of a lot more dangerous than marijuana.

Shandi80 Shandi80

Enough with the zombies already...also, since the companies that produce these "bath salts" are coming up with altered chemical formulas to escape the banning, they should just be shut down. Problem solved.

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