When a naked man was shot and killed in Miami over the weekend because police witnessed him eating the face of another man on a highway, the internet dubbed it the zombie apocalypse. On Tuesday, a much more likely cause for the extreme, violent behavior was reported.
According to CNN, the attacker — 31-year-old Rudy Eugene, may have been under the influence of “bath salts,” a drug that has been cited as the cause of four other incidents in the Miami area.
Bath salts are also known as “Ivory Wave,” “Purple Wave,” Vanilla Sky,” and “Bliss.” It’s a street drug made with mephedrone, MDPV, and methylone — not at all the same as the epsom salts that are commonly used as a bath product in many homes. However, because they’re not marketed for human consumption, they are not illegal. The high associated with the drug includes hallucinations and feelings of paranoia, in addition to suicidal thoughts.
“It’s confusing. Is this what we put in our bathtubs, like Epsom
salts? No. But by marketing them as bath salts and labeling them ‘not
for human consumption,’ they have been able to avoid them being
specifically enumerated as illegal,” a doctor tells WebMD.