Miami face eating attack is being blamed on ‘bath salts’ drug abuse. This is readily available all over the US. Meanwhile zombie apocalypse has become talking point across the US and Canada following similar attacks in many places
The poor homeless man in Miami who was described as the ‘happiest homeless man’ by a photographer is struggling for his life in John Hopkins Hospital. His whole face was chewed off by a man who is alleged to have been on a drug available over the counter in several states across the US.
The 65-year-old homeless man Ronald Poppo sustained severe injuries in an attack that many have termed as unprecedented in style. In no other instance we have seen any attacker chewing off the whole face. Though, we know that Mike Tyson chewed off Holyfield’s ear, but it was in a high stake boxing competition.
But following the attack – a zombie style attack – people are holding a drug being called bath salts responsible for attack. Though the drug is legit, its affects have been under scrutiny for more than a year now. There are reports from experts suggesting that the powders are as powerful as abusing methamphetamine. In many parts of the country law enforcement agencies and poison control centers say the advertised bath salts with complex chemical names are an emerging menace in several U.S. states where authorities talk of banning their sale. But after more than a year of intense debate neither ban has been imposed nor there is any action that could lead to a possible ban.
This is not the first time that people have reported extreme behavioral changes in people using those medicines. Sold under such names as Ivory Wave, Bliss, White Lightning and Hurricane Charlie, the chemicals can cause hallucinations, paranoia, rapid heart rates and suicidal thoughts, authorities say. The chemicals are in products sold legally at convenience stores and on the Internet as bath salts and even plant foods. However, they aren’t necessarily being used for the purposes on the label. Many 911 calls have been reported in many US cities where people using them or others who were nearby and knew about someone using the drug made the call.
A report by Center of Disease Control and Prevention has a detailed analysis of the problem. The report by Center of Disease Control and Prevention suggests that the drug being used under several names be banned. “Seventeen patients were hospitalized, and one was dead upon arrival at the ED. The coordinated efforts of public health agencies, health-care providers, poison control centers, and law enforcement agencies enabled rapid identification of this emerging health problem. Mitigation of the problem required the execution of an emergency public health order to remove the toxic “bath salts” from the marketplace. Lessons from the Michigan experience could have relevance to other areas of the United States experiencing similar problems”, says the report. There is still sort of bewilderment among many people as to why this drug is still freely available in many parts of the US.