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What Are ‘Bath Salts’ And Why They’re Making People Crazy Cannibals

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Yet another instance in the news of a person high on ‘bath salts’, going crazy and trying to bite or eat someone.

Police in Utica New York report a 20 year old woman was taken into custody after trying bite a police officer’s face, and she screamed she wanted to kill someone and eat them.   Authorities say she was high on a synthetic drug called ‘bath salts’, and was taken in for a psychiatric evaluation. 

  Just what are these ‘bath salts’ that have been cropping up in the news lately, and why are they causing such bizzare  behavior?

  They have nothing to do with real ‘bath salts’  used in tubs for relaxing or bathing purposes.  They are called bath salts because of their resemblance to the powdered crystals in the water product.  The drugs are taken orally,  snorted (like cocaine) or injected – which is usually the worst way to do it, producing the most toxic and behaviorally psychotic results.   Some of the more commonly known street names are as follows (from drugabuse.gov):

The synthetic powder is sold legally online and in drug paraphernalia stores under a variety of names, such as “Ivory Wave,” “Purple Wave,” “Red Dove,” “Blue Silk,” “Zoom,” “Bloom,” “Cloud Nine,” “Ocean Snow,” “Lunar Wave,” “Vanilla Sky,” “White Lightning,” “Scarface,” and “Hurricane Charlie.

 These are the same drugs used by the widely known cannibal attacker in Florida who chewed off the face of their victim.    Because of the new emergence of these drugs, little is known about the long term effects on the body and brain, but medical authorities urge they are to be avoided at ALL costs!

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