Bath Salts to blame in Miami zombie attack?

miami-zombie-lsd-face-eating.jpgBath Salts -- a new designer drug -- are being unofficially blamed in the case of Rudy Eugene, who was shot to death by police after they found him attacking and eating the face off of homeless man Ronald Poppo in Miami on Saturday (May 26). But what are Bath Salts and how/why would they drive a person to commit such a gruesome crime?

According to WebMD, "bath salts" are not to be confused with actual bath salts (like Epsom salts), but instead a misleading name for a synthetic drug called MDPV, or methylenedioxypyrovalerone, although ingredients vary since the production isn't regulated by any authority. In fact, the DEA has banned the possession of the three chemicals commonly used to make the drug: Mephedrone, MDPV, and methylone.

Savvy marketers have labeled the new drug "bath salts" and included a "not for human consumption" warning in an attempt to get past authorities.

The drug -- described as a stimulant -- has been responsible for an uptick in emergency room visits and calls to poison control centers over the last year. Symptoms include:

"Agitation, paranoia, hallucinations, chest pain, suicidality ... We get high blood pressure and increased pulse, but there's something more, something different that's causing these other extreme effects," says Zane Horowitz and ER physician.

Horowitz also says the drug causes agitation, psychosis and stimulatory effects and has been linked with several suicide attempts.

So can cops definitively link Bath Salts to the Miami attack? Not according to Horowitz.

"There's no test to pick up this drug," he says. "The only way we know if someone has taken them is if they tell you they have."
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