The Spanish and English media alike has reported about the rising alert on the return of a drug called Methylenedioxypyrovalerone or better known as MDPV on the streets of the White Isle. The drug that assumed the street name ‘Bath Salts’ among dealers and users has raised concerns after several cases were reported including among tourists who were taken ill after consuming the illegal substance. Local newspapers have stated that Ibiza police believe that dealers are testing the drug’s popularity in the island’s market and are using ravers’ as their primary targets. The police have apprehended a small batch and hopes that it was the only batch that was initially consumed by the targeted consumers. There have been reports that patients had to be restrained to their beds at the hospital after consuming the drugs and one particular case required at least 8 officers to hold down an obsessed user who was extremely violent.
A few years ago, a man was arrested after attacking another man with his teeth as the police considered that the attack might be the consequence of a designer drug called ‘bath salts’, or perhaps a brand new, indefinite form of LSD.
The resurgence of this illegal substance is linked by many back to the Miami cannibal attack that transpired on May 26, 2012, when a local divorced former high school football player with a series of petty criminal arrests assaulted Ronald Poppo, a homeless man on the MacArthur Causeway in Miami, Florida. Rudy Eugene who was believed to be high on some kind of illicit drug stripped nude and accused Poppo of stealing his Bible. The whole barbaric assault episode was filmed where it was clearly evident that the possessed car wash attendant beat the homeless man unconscious, removed his pants, and bit off most of his face above the beard, including his left eye, leaving him blind in both.
The incident propagated a worldwide media coverage and the assailant, Eugene was dubbed as the “Miami Zombie” as well as the “Causeway Cannibal’. The attack ended when Eugene was fatally shot by a Miami police officer.
Police sources speculated that Eugene’s demonic behaviour might have been a result of a street drug called “bath salts” but experts have expressed doubt as to their definitiveness, toxicology reports were only able to classify marijuana, and the final cause of Eugene’s actions remains unidentified.
Bath Salt can provoke aggressive conduct, paranoia and panic attacks. Users may appear hysterical and experience extreme hallucination and the trend has been picked up on ravers’ who were attending the party at Ibiza over the last week.
Whatever it is, everyone is advised not to purchase any illegal substance from unknown strangers or take up on their offers as they might be offering out the drug for free. Party safe peeps, say no to drugs!