This is a recap of the CNN headline news story discussed on Dr. Drew’s show today on HLN about Saturday's face eating attack on a homeless man being linked to the dangerous Hallucinogenic drug “Bath Salts” This drug can be obtained over the counter!
- Cannibalistic attack linked to “Bath Salts”
- The Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse strives for public awareness
- Miami Trauma Center’s Dr. Paul Adams speaks out
Cannibalistic attack linked to “Bath Salts”
Today on HLN Dr. Drew discussed that Saturday’s face eating attack announced on CNN could be linked to “Bath Salts!” Miami police say that they suspect it was Bath Salts that caused Rudy Eugene to rip off his clothes and viciously gnaw on the face of a homeless man in broad daylight on a busy highway. When the police told him to stop, Eugene responded in growls and continued. After four bullets he finally stopped after witnesses watched in horror.
The police said that 75% of the victim’s face was eaten off leaving him unrecognizable. Rudy Eugene’s ex-wife told a CNN affiliate that he was known to be violent and that she was afraid of him. According to another CNN reporter she was still shocked by the cannibalistic incident. The victim of the attack was identified as Ronald Poppo by an ABC News affiliate.
Bath Salts can be bought over the counter. It is a combination of Amphetamine and hallucinatory drugs. This drug in reported to render its users, incredibly combative, highly agitative, aggressive and violent. The name “Bath Salts” is a bogus name used to cover up what they really are.
The Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse strives for public awareness
In 2011, the Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse Dr. Nora Volkow described bath salts as an “emerging and dangerous product!” She urges parents, teachers and the public to be aware of the potential dangers associated with these drugs which can be linked to numerous visits to the ER and calls to poison control center in the US.
This drug was put on schedule 1 of the controlled substances Act meaning that it is highly addictive and has no legitimate use or safety in the US. This designer drug can be bought over the counter and has been altered many times to escape law enforcements’ ability to track it down. It is less expensive than Cocaine and can be made in a kitchen. Bath salts are sold as Cocaine substitutes or LSD in a synthetic form. According to the DEA other reported effects of using Bath Salts are panic attacks, psychosis, rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, hallucinations, extreme agitation, super human strength, and, euphoria.
The Drug Enforcement Agency has banned the sale of the three ingredients used to make this drug until they figure out how to combat this problem.
Miami Trauma Center’s Dr. Paul Adams speaks out
A Jackson Memorial Rider Trauma Center emergency physician Dr. Paul Adams where the victim is being treated said that this substance renders the user uncontrollable. Patients have been brought in to this Miami Trauma Center with signs of psychosis, unaware of their surroundings taking four to five people to restrain them. Dr. Adams believes that there have been several hundred cases in the past year brought into the Trauma Center. He stated that most of them are in their 20’s or 30’s and need to be physically restrained for six to eight hours.