Bath Salts Being Targeted Despite Miami Cannibal’s Toxicology Report

    June 30, 2012
    Amanda Crum
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In recent weeks, the term “bath salts” has exploded around the web as speculation about its involvement in a string of bizarre incidents leads investigators to a crack down on the synthetic drug.

It all started with the “Miami Cannibal“, Rudy Eugene, who attacked a homeless man over Memorial Day weekend in a fit of rage and chewed off 75% of his face. Police had to shoot and kill him in order to stop the attack, so finding out what caused it had to be delayed until the toxicology report came back. Until then, rumors flew as everyone tried to figure out what would make a man do what Eugene did.

The report eventually came back positive only for marijuana, but in the weeks between the attack and its release, speculation ran rampant about a drug known as bath salts. Not the scented powder used in bathwater, but a synthetic drug known to cause something of a psychosis in users, who reportedly undergo a feeling of invincibility and show signs of heightened strength. During the interim after Eugene’s attack, several cases of bath salt-induced violence were reported around the nation, many of them involving biting or tearing of the flesh. It was for that reason that the public–and officials–became certain that Eugene must have been under the influence of the drug.

The toxicology report isn’t stopping many officials from trying to ban the drug, however, and several are cracking down on those in possession of it. Until a federal law is passed, however, it’s going to be very difficult to police the drug, because it is currently still legal in several states and is sold in gas stations and head shops under inconspicuous-sounding names like “Cloud 9″ and “Vanilla Sky”.

New York senator Joseph Griffo says he wants to see tougher legislation regarding the drug, calling it a “scourge on our society”.

“What we are seeing in recent days is a dramatic upsurge in incidents in which the violent, bizarre behavior of individuals who have confronted the police is being linked to their use of these drugs,” said Griffo.

Griffo was instrumental in getting a law passed banning the making and selling of bath salts last year; however, the chemists are getting around that law by simply altering the makeup of the drug and taking out key ingredients noted in the legislation.

“They are the Lex Luthors of chemistry and we need to put them out of business,” he said. “…We want to close the loopholes.”

  • simflurt

    Bath salts drug dangers and Side effects are some of the most dangerous with regards to the designer drugs. Legal, synthetic drugs are increasing in popularity, and therefore are now beginning to also gain the interest of authorities. Actually, in lots of ways bath salts exemplify every part which makes designer drugs so threatening both literally and figuratively.


  • dustin

    well first of all. im going to clear up a couple of things here. K2/spice/potpourri/herbal incense = Synthetic marijuana. 98% of synthetic MJ does not contain any hallucinogens. the types that did or still do, contain Salvia Divinorum extract (Very powerfull hallucinogen) sold right next to the K-2 and bath salts in head shops across the nation. basically when you see things on the internet or tv saying ( K-2 brand bathsalts strike again) they just simply dont know what the #@$% they are talking about.

    Bath salt’s, looks like your average scented bath soaking solution, snort, smoke, inject, or lick the bag. you will get extremly intoxicated. Bath salt was invented with “synthetic cocain” in mind.
    the resault was a drug that is stronger then both Coke and meth combined. im not a doctor or anything, but im pretty sure there are chemicles on both meth and coke that will react harshly inside your body if taken large amounts at the same time, ever mixed two of the wrong toilet bowl cleaners and had the green gas spew out of the toilet that burnes your lungs? no? well i have its not fun. imagen that happening inside your body and brain.

    which brings us back to Synthetic MJ, synthetic Marijuana is called that because it is literally canabinoids that have been cloned with chemicles. so now we have two molicules: Natural Canabinoids/ synthetic Canabinoids. synthetic’s work about the same as natural’s except stronger and mutated a bit. now because this is a Chemicle, if mixed with the wrong chemicle can cause a simular reaction on the body and brain. my advice, IF YOU USE ANY KIND OF ANTI DEPRESSANT OR ANYTHING ALONG THOSE LINES, DONT SMOKE SPICE OR K-2 OR SNORT BATHSALTS
    i dont know the exact chemicle reactions. but i have whitnessed these chemicle ractions first hand. they can cause violence and hallusinations. but in these cases, the person is usualy two intoxicated to stand and speak clearly, and only last a half an hour usually. so i find it hard for someone to walk, talk, navigate, brawl with people, or try to eat them. synthetic MJ also does not cause this excited delirium like meth, coke and bath salts.

  • Soapy Johnson

    Don’t worry, Mayor Bloomberg to the rescue! “Bloomberg to ban cannibals in New York City from eating anyone over 5-foot-4″ — http://placeitonluckydan.com/2012/07/mayor-bloomberg-ban-cannibals-nyc-eating-5-foot-4/