So-called "bath salts" are powerful designer drugs that look like real bath salts (and sometimes have been sold disguised as them). The "zombie drug" flakka is essentially the second generation of these terrifying chemicals. These drugs initially skirted laws against illegal drugs, since the compounds used to make them weren't yet illegal in most of the country (though you won't be surprised to learn those laws have changed).
These synthetic cathinones are highly addictive and have become popular because they are ten times more powerful than cocaine at a cost of only five dollars a dose. Although, when a drug’s best case scenario is that you wind up naked on the news under the most humiliating circumstances possible, and it’s worst case scenario is that you eat someone’s face, what could possibly be the basis of its appeal?
Sure, flakka and bath salts give users an initial sense of euphoria, but that quickly turns into paranoia, hallucinations, a skyrocketing body temperature, and extreme violence. Unless you plan on chaining yourself up in a basement like some werewolf in a YA novel, there really doesn’t seem to be a good way to trip on these dangerous designer drugs. Here are some of the most gruesome and downright insane flakka and bath salts stories to make headlines.
Flakka May Have Turned A Miami Man Into A Face-Eating Cannibal
On May 26, 2012 a 31-year old naked homeless man named Rudy Eugene was discovered chowing down on another man’s face in broad daylight. The victim, another homeless man named Ronald Poppo, had about 75 percent of his face chewed off (including his eyebrows, his nose, parts of his forehead and cheek, and his left eye) before police ordered Eugene to stop. Eugene just growled at the officers, who were forced to shoot him four times before he finally went down. One witness described the gruesome scene to ABC News: "The forehead was just bone, no nose, no mouth."
Investigators claimed Eugene's behavior was consistent with flakka use, but initial toxicology reports found only cannabis in his system. However, many experts continue to believe he was on flakka or a related bath salts-type drug, and say that municipal toxicology labs are not yet equipped to test for many new, synthetic drugs.
Bath Salts Contributed To The Murder And Possible Rape Of A Goat
A man named Mark Thompson decided to go on a three-day bath salt binge in his home in Alum Creek, West Virginia, in May 2011, and it went about as horriblly as could be expected. Thompson got a hold of his neighbor’s pygmy goat, brought it into his home, stabbed it in its neck, and is believed to have sodomized it.
When the neighbors entered his home, they found Thompson wearing a bra and no pants, and with blood everywhere. Next to the dead goat were pornographic images. Thompson bolted out the front door and was later found in the woods by police.
Flakka Morphed A Man Into The God Thor And Made Him Have Sex With A Tree
Not only did Kenneth Crowder (42) of Melbourne, Florida, get high on flakka and proudly declare himself the god Thor - he also tried to have sex with a tree, attacked a cop, and was seen running naked through the streets. The police officer who got stuck with this sh*t show tried tasing him, but the almighty Thor plucked the electric probes from his body and started beating the officer. Then he took the cop’s own badge from him and tried to stab him with it. The officer was finally able to knock him down and get him in cuffs.
Bath Salts Led To A Tragic Double Murder And Suicide For This Washington Family
In Spanaway, Washington, April 2011, Army Sgt. David Stewart and his wife, Kirsty, were caught speeding on the interstate by a Washington State Patrol trooper. The trooper chased after the pair. During the chase, Stewart shot his wife, then crashed his car. Stewart then shot himself before he could be apprehended. Their five-year old son Jordan was later found dead in their home, covered in bruises, with a plastic bag over his head - it is presumed he was killed by one or both of his parents. Toxicology results confirmed both Stewart and his wife had bath salts in their systems. More packets of bath salts were found in their house, in their car, and on Stewart's person.