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Will Pa. Bath Salts Ban Prevent Zombie Attacks?

Pennsylvania has banned bath salts - a possible culprit in the gruesome 'Causeway Cannibal' attack in Miami

It's been almost a year since Gov. Tom Corbett signed a bill banning bath salts in Pennsylvania.

Authorities blame the substance for some cases of violent and bizarre behavior - and speculate that bath salts may be the drug that led a Florida man to attack a homeless man on Miami's busy MacArthur Causeway, stripping off his clothes and chewing the victim's face off. 

Police shot and killed Rudy Eugene, 31, after he growled at them, refusing to stop his vicious assault on Ronald Poppo, 65.

Bath salts have been called the "new LSD" and can inspire powerful feelings of invincibility, according to this report about bath salts and the Miami cannibal case.

Officials and the general public need to look past the headlines about "zombies" and "cannibalism" and consider the fact that Florida is one of the worst states in the country when it comes to funding mental health services, says columnist Subhash Kateel.

If the "Causeway Cannibal" story isn't ghoulish enough, a Maryland student has now admitted to eating his roommate's brain and heart. There's been no word yet on a motive in that fatal attack.

Bath salts - which can affect users the same as cocaine, LSD and methamphetamines - have been banned in Pennsylvania since August. The success of the ban depends on whom you ask. Drug treatment officials say bath salts are still pretty easy to get via the Internet and head shops.

Suspected bath salts cases in Pennsylvania include:

  • A man who broke into a house because he was being chased by electricity
  • A man who set fire to his girlfriend's apartment and attacked firefighters when they arrived
  • A man who assaulted a state trooper and didn't seem affected when a stun gun was used on him.

So tell us what you think. Take our poll and add your comments below.

Susan Koomar June 04, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Yikes! Here's another one: NJ Man Throws Intestines at Police After Stabbing Himself: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/05/30/new-jersey-man-throws-intestines-at-cops-after-repeatedly-stabbing-himself/
Lanya June 04, 2012 at 06:22 PM
This is a nice article but I don't understand the photo...
Susan Koomar June 04, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Is this the start of a Zombie Apocalypse?
Susan Koomar June 04, 2012 at 06:24 PM
I chose that photo because it looked malevolent, but we also could have used an image of bath salts.
Liberalism is a mental disorder June 05, 2012 at 05:17 PM
A .308 is the best way to stop a zombie attack.
Pamela Porter June 05, 2012 at 06:22 PM
They have it under control in the midwest. http://www.westlakehardware.com/specialties/zombies
Susan Koomar June 06, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Love it, Pamela! Could be the solution to the Recession. Zombie Apocalypse could create jobs for small business like that hardware store you linked to!
Harrison T Williamson, Jr. June 06, 2012 at 04:14 PM
when is Pennsylvania going to start controlling the pill pushing doctors who are doping up the youth of America? Parkland has 1 nurse in each building just for dolling out medications, sickening that the students refer to that person and the "dealer"
Fuck The Police June 17, 2012 at 11:07 PM
LOL @ 'Bath salts have been called the "new LSD"'

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