It all started with Miami. With an incident which was nothing less than experiencing a glimpse of the apocalypse. A man who was later identified as Rudy Eugene was seen chewing off a homeless man’s face. Following the incident Rudy who was shot on spot by police became famous as ‘Miami Zombie’ whereas the victim Ronald Poppo became the center of national attention.
Apart from the horror and disgust of the incident a major culprit involved in the attack cannot be marginalized something which is referred to as ‘Bath salts’. Even though the drug has been blamed, it has gone relatively unperceived throughout the coverage of these events. However, it is now time that the drug and its increasingly cannibal-ish effects are brought to light, because of several similar incidents that have taken place since.
35-year-old Pamela McCarthy who beat her three year old son while allegedly high on bath salts was photographed running naked on the street. Moments before police used a Taser to subdue her. Reports disclose that police was called by neighbors who saw McCarthy running towards her child to choke her. The child was later rescued by her boyfriend, Jason Williams.
Following her struggle with state troopers McCarthy went into cardiac arrest and later died in hospital. In the recent spate of violent attacks across the country alleged users of bath salts, have pretty much taken the cake as far as grotesque acts are concerned. In many cases bath salts are employed as substitutes for cocaine.
Ironically, even after 38 states have enacted bath salt ban, the drug is quite easily available online. For a 50-milligram packet the consumer has to pay around $25 to $50. The easy accessibility of this drug further manifests the increasing number of zombie-like incidents that have taken place apart from that of McCarthy and Rudy Eugene.
This includes 21-year-old Brandon DeLeon who allegedly tried to bite off a police officer’s hand under the influence of these drugs. Carl Jacquneaux, 43 allegedly bit a chunk out of his neighbors face while on the drug and Shane Shuyler who stripped off and laid naked on the a park bench under the influence of bath salts. He even exposed himself to a three year old girl and began to chase her also.
With the increasing number of these grisly events taking place, it is important that proper tracking and surveillance of people purchasing these drugs and those selling it is maintained to ensure human beings do not unveil their inhuman, animal like instincts.