Bath Salts Drug Blamed For Cannibal Attack in Florida, Authorities Crack Down

Kim LaCapria

The bath salts drug craze has been blamed for the violent, zombie-like attack in Florida during which one man had most of his face chewed off, and the face-eating man was shot dead after a first shot failed to subdue his violent and gory behavior.

Almost immediately, the bath salts drug was suspect in the case, but like much of the panic around the bath salts drug, not much is known about why authorities came to such a conclusion. The bath salts drug is a mystery to those outside the loop, but law enforcement officials say that the mixture packaged as the spa staple is a ruse, a mixture of mephedrone, MDPV, and methylone actually intended for users to snort.

And the bath salts drug, which is sold over the counter, does not show up on tests- being as toxicology tests do not come back for several weeks, it is unclear why in the absence of tests or any evidence they have revealed that police have cited bath salts as a possible factor in the Florida cannibal attack.

WPTV spoke to local lawmakers about the supposed bath salts drug problem, and Pembroke Pines Commissioner Angelo Castillo said that while the jurisdiction is cracking down on fake pot, not much is known about bath salts:

"The cities are deeply involved [in banning sythetic drugs] because the state can't seem to get on top of it."
"We see cities jumping in to handle it, because the state isn't. Otherwise people die and people's faces get chewed off. This is the next horizon in the war on drugs and we need to gear up and deal with it."