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Rudy Eugene, the “Miami man-eater,” may have been under the influence of “bath salts,” a new potent form of LSD.
Eugene, 31, was shot and killed after eating the face of 65-year-old Ronald Poppo on the Miami MacArthur Causeway. Poppo is currently listed in critical condition at the Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.
The bath salts come in the form of a white powder. Various names for the drug include, “Vanilla Sky, Ivory Wave, White China, Dynamite and Cloud 9.”
Armando Aguilar, president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police, told The Miami Herald he thinks Eugene was under the influence of “bath salts.”
The drug can be sniffed, taken orally, smoked or mixed into a solution and injected into veins. According to Poison Control Centers, dangerous effects of the drug include, suicidal thoughts, agitation, combative/ violent behavior, confusion, hallucinations/ psychosis, increased heart rate, hypertension, chest pain, death or serious injury.
Zane Horowitz, MD, an emergency room physician and medical director of the Oregon Poison Center, told Technorati “Drug makers will keep creating new combinations” of designer drugs “at home and in illicit labs”…because “drugs like these are new and below the radar, unlike named illegal drugs.”
If “bath salts” are made illegal, he said, other drugs will be created. That is not a good argument to avoid putting a nationwide ban on these chemicals permanently. The lag time needed to create new chemical combinations may stave off the creation of ticking time bombs like Rudy Eugene. A ban will save lives.The sooner the permanent ban the more likely that events like this zombie-cannibal attack will be avoided.
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Miami Man-Eater Rudy Eugene May Have Been High On Bath Salts
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