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Use of a drug linked to two horrific cannibal attacks in Miami has skyrocketed across the U.S. in the past two years.The drug, known as bath salts, causes hallucinations, psychosis, violence, and keeps users from feeling physical pain.
Bath Salts usage has multiplied significantly in the past couple years, with 6,100 cases being reported in 2011 in emergency rooms nationwide, RTT News reported.
Only 300 cases of bath salts use had been reported in 2010.
The drug is typically made from a three-drug cocktail, which includes mephedrone and Methylone, and can be snorted, inhaled, injected, or swallowed.
The drug is the suspected cause of two vicious cannibalistic attacks in Miami in recent months.
In the first, Rudy Eugene chewed off the face of homeless man Ronald Poppo, leaving Poppo with no nose or eye sockets.
Police believe Eugene was high on bath salts at the time of the attack. An autopsy also revealed he had a large number of unidentified pills in his stomach.
In the second attack, Brandon De Leon reportedly tried to bite a police officer’s hand while “I’m going to eat you,” to police.
De Leon reported growled at officers and slammed his teeth like an animal.
Police discovered De Leon was under the influence of a version of bath salts, specifically called Cloud 9.
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