Was 'Miami Zombie' Rudy Eugene High on Bath Salts?
The Miami man who was shot by police for trying to eat another man's face may have been using bath salts as a way to get high, and led him to eat the victim's face to an unrecognizable hash.
Rudy Eugene has been identified as the Miami Zombie who was shot after mauling another man's face. He may have been under the influence of an LSD-like drug called "bath salts," according to Armando Aguilar, the president of the Fraternal Order of Police, reports CBS Miami.
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Dr. Paul Adams, an emergency room physician at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, that the drug makes users delirious. They exhibit elevated temperatures and extreme physical strength, Adams said. He said users have been known to use their jaws as weapons.
Eugene may have been homeless at the time of the attack. Homeless people living around the area where the attack took place said they had seen Eugene many times around the area looking confused.
Can You Get High on Bath Salts?
According to a 2011 report from the National Institute of Drug Abuse, bath salts contain amphetamine-like chemicals.
Doctors and clinicians at U.S. poison centers have indicated that ingesting or snorting 'bath salts' containing synthetic stimulants can cause chest pains, increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, agitation, hallucinations, extreme paranoia, and delusions.
In October, the Drug Enforcement Administration made possession of the stimulants in bath salts, Mephedrone, 3,4 methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and Methylone, illegal under an emergency order. The order lasts for a year with a possible six-month extension.