The first time you encountered the phrase “bath salts” used in a drug abuse context, what immediately crossed your mind? You probably wondered how anyone could use that thing we use to soften and perfume our baths as a recreational drug. Unfortunately for society in general, the drug known as bath salts is nowhere near as harmless as those lovely Epsom salts.
Do a search on bath salts, and you will see that the word that often gets associated with it is ‘zombie’. This is most likely in reference to that zombie face-eating attack in Miami, Florida all those years ago. Although medical examiners have long since ruled out bath salts in that incident, the ‘zombie’ tag stuck. Bath salts may have nothing to do with that attack, but the drug often comes up in other incidents that are just as crazy.
What are bath salts?
The colloquial term “bath salts” is perhaps the most misleading illicit drug name in the market today. Often sold as actual bath salts, this drug comes in powder form. Users ingest this powder by snorting, smoking or injecting it. Some even eat it.
Bath salts could either be mephedrone, which is a synthetic stimulant, or methylenedioxypyrovalerone or MDPV. Either are supposed to mimic the effects of Ecstasy or MDMA, as well amphetamines or cocaine.
Here are 10 insane bath salts stories, including one that is guaranteed to shock you and somehow make you chuckle at the same time.
1. Man stays awake for four straight days
We’ve heard of ice users staying awake for a day, even two. One bath salts user, however, claims he stayed up for 96 consecutive hours. All it took was a daily dose of the drug, which he bought in a 250-milligram bag at a gasoline station.
2. Woman attacks mum with machete
A Florida woman named Pamela Higgins came through her mother’s door and started swinging a machete. Fortunately for Carolyn Ullery, bath salts also did a number on her daughter’s aim. The machete never made contact. Higgins was promptly arrested.
3. User thought electricity was chasing him, damages police cruiser
Thinking that his car was melting and electricity was “chasing” him, 31-year-old Seth Thomas Sanders ditched his car, broke into a home and jumped on the hood of two cars. The second car was a marked state police cruiser. He was promptly arrested inside the vehicle.
4. Couple tries to stab “90 people living in the walls of their apartment”
Bath salts turned Robert Hospodar and Amber Sutton into a paranoid mess. After ingesting bath salts, both of them wielded knives to stab 90 people they believe were living in the walls of their apartment. They nearly cut their 5-year-old daughter in the process, too.
5. Man high on bath salts drinks hand sanitiser
Bahad Mahmoud was caught drinking hand sanitiser at a Louisville, Kentucky grocery store, but that was the least of his problems. He ran for it when police came, but was subdued. He then proceeded to spit into an officer’s face. His actions also caused an officer to sustain a thumb injury.
6. Poor goat gets stolen, raped and killed by bath salts abuser
A three-day bath salts binge led to Mark Lucas Thompson stealing, raping and killing a neighbour’s goat. A pornographic magazine was found near the goat’s body. He has since been committed to a mental institution.
7. Bath salts user decks the halls
Apparently, bath salts also boosts one’s holiday spirit. Apparently high on the drug, Terry Trent broke into a family’s home in Ohio and put up some Christmas decorations. He must have really been in good spirits, because police managed to arrest him without any incident. As reported by www.whio.com.
8. Priest attacked inside monastery
For five days, Ryan Foley had been using bath salts, which police said drove him to break into a monastery and attack a priest. Rev. Francis Landry suffered cuts to his hands and face. Foley has since been convicted of aggravated assault and burglary.
9. Man calls police to report 30 intruders in his house
Police were called to the house of Lucas Kocab, who believed there were 30 intruders in his residence. When responding policemen found no trace of the intruders, he claimed the ‘intruders’ “were trying to make it seem like they were not there, and they would try to blend into their surroundings, like chairs and trees.” Noticing that Kocab was the one running in circles, yelling and acting paranoid, police promptly Tased and handcuffed him. A roommate later confirmed she and Kocab had been snorting bath salts before the incident.
10. Bath salts user on a “mission from God”
Four hours after snorting bath salts, Kevin Cosner found himself driving slowly near an industrial park. When police stopped his car, he told them he had “no idea” what he was doing there at that hour. He also didn’t know where he was or where he was headed. All he knew—as told to police—he was on “a mission from God“. He even proclaimed himself to be “one of the last three witnesses”, whatever that means. He was promptly taken to jail.
Bath salts actually hit Australian shores a few years ago. Thankfully, a crackdown took place in 2013. The Drug Misuse Act was amended to include all psychoactive synthetic drugs, Mephedrone—one of the most popular types of bath salts—included. A 2014 report commissioned by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre also reveals that bath salts are now rapidly falling out of favour with Australian users.
With that, we probably won’t be reading about face-eating incidents in Australia anytime soon.