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Monday, July 2, 2012

Update On Bath Salts

We have been writing about bath salts for the past 18 months. Earlier this month we wrote Bath Salts: Just The Latest Designer Drug in which we stated an observation and asked a question:

"Most of us have seen the gory headlines stemming from cannibalistic attacks acted out by people considered to be under the influence of bath salts. So now what do we do about this latest designer drug that is impacting people's own lives and others?"

Notice we wrote "considered to be under the influence of bath salts"? We mention this today because blogging is not just about publishing current and interesting headlines to grab the attention of one reader or many. We feel strongly that when we blog about current events as they relate to addiction and recovery, it is our responsibility to offer our readers facts as we understand them and as they are being reported. And by doing so, we are encouraging our readers to learn more about a certain subject.

Today we would like to bring our readers up to date with the most recent news about the man who has been called the "Miami Face Chewer", Rudy Eugene.  On Thursday, July 28, 2012, the Medical Examiner of Miami-Dade County released the final toxicology report. According to NBC6 Miami's report:

" 'The department's toxicology laboratory has identified the active components of marijuana,' the statement said.  'The laboratory has tested for but not detected any other street drugs, alcohol or prescription drugs, or any adulterants found in street drugs. This includes cocaine, LSD, amphetamines (Extasy, Meth and others), phencyclidine (PCP or Angel Dust), heroin, oxycodone, Xanax, synthetic marijuana (Spice), and many other similar compounds.'...The department also ruled out common drugs found in the street drugs called bath salts, which authorities had initially speculated were the cause of the brutal attack."

You can learn more about the latest details watching NBC6 Miami's interview with Psychiatrist Delvena Thomas.  Dr. Thomas offers good insight and cautions on how mental illness can lie beneath the surface and then be triggered causing a life-threatening and life-ending event. 



If you are having trouble viewing the video, you can see it here.  Take some time and read the related articles below.  The most important action item, is to stay informed and sort through the facts. We all know that bath salts are dangerous, learn and share your knowledge with your family members and friends. 
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