Bath Salts Drug Epidemic Worse Than a Zombie Apocalypse?
Bath Salt Drugs in Some Ways Akin to Zombie Apocalypse
New York Senator Flanagan Announces Passage Of Legislation To Make Synthetic Marijuana And Bath Salts Illegal - Source: nysenate.gov
MUNCIE, IN - While dangerous drugs are no joking matter, the media and bloggers both have picked up on the fact many people have been searching for the term Zombie Apocalypse in Google and other search engines since news of the Miami face biter broke earlier in the week.
However, beyond the jokes there are many ways that a bath salts drug epidemic could turn into a real zombie apocalypse.
Bath Salt Drugs Becoming Big Local Problem
Here in Muncie, Indiana, bath salts ended the life of Daniel L. Franklin early Saturday after he rode his motorcycle off the Muncie Bypass near Ind. 3 north.
Franklin, 33, 1713 N. Manring Ave. was found dead along the bypass around 1:30 a.m. after he flew off the bike after it hit a median and wall. The victim was found about 200 feet down the bypass bridge and the bike was another 150 feet away.
County police Lt. Arlen Johnson, suspected drug use with bath salts as a reason besides excessive speed. Witnesses saw the bike speed down the wrong way of McGalliard Road just before the crash.
It is the latest in a string of crashes caused by suspected use of bath salt drugs. Just last month, a convicted felon drove through a duplex while high on bath salts. There was another fatality last winter as well.
Rudy Eugene, 31, was shot dead last Saturday afternoon by local police on the off-ramp of the MacArthur Causeway in Miami, Florida. Eugene was seen taking bites out of another man's face. As a police officer drew his gun and yelled at the man biting another man's face, he "just stood ... with pieces of flesh in his mouth and he growled," eyewitness Larry Vega told WSVN-TV.
An ER doctor at the local Jackson Memorial Hospital told the Herald that the attack may have been brought on by bath salts. The extreme violence, super human strength and an urge to shed clothes all correspond with reports of bath salt usage around the United States, including here in Delaware County.
The Indiana General Assembly has outlawed bath salts, Spice and other synthetic drugs recently, although they are still a cheap and easy high found in convenience stores and head shops around the state. It is now a felony to sell the drugs in Indiana. Other states around the other country are considering passing or have already passed similar laws.
Bath Salts and the Zombie Apocalypse
All kidding aside, a bath salt drug epidemic could really turn into something similar to a zombie apocalypse as people high on the drug cause havoc and damage wherever they are using it. Bath salts work by giving users an extended rush of adrenaline, which is why they have more strength. There are quite a few dangers involved with the drug.
Most bath salt products contain MDPV, or methylenedioxypyrovalerone, although there is no telling what is in a drug you are buying from a headshop. As they are packaged as household items not for human consumption, the makers have been able to skirt laws for quite a while now. The effects of the drug include extreme agitation, paranoia, hallucinations, chest pain, as well as suicidal thoughts or behavior.
As seen with the Miami Face-Eater, Rudy Eugene, and many others, the drug can cause a person to act non-human. It is thought that Bath Salts and other synthetic drugs marketed as not for human consumption products will be turned into a schedule 1 drug by the federal government, at which point they will be illegal everywhere in the United States.
For now, however, bath salt drug use continues to be a growing problem. While it is not quite yet a zombie apocalypse, it has the potential to become much worse than George Romero's worst nightmare. Dawn of the Bath Salts would be something no one would want to live through.