Ivory Wave, Purple Wave, Vanilla Sky, White China, Lady Bubbles and Bliss are all among the many street names of a suddenly trending drug, otherwise known as…bath salts. Rudy Eugene, 31, the so-called “cannibal man” in Miami, who was fatally shot as he chewed on another man’s face in a gruesome attack over the weekend, is suspected to have been high on bath salts.
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Over the past few years, bath salt drug use has sparked thousands of calls to poison centers across the U.S.
The dangerous drug, which is banned in many states, but so far has no specific federal ban, is available on the street and also at many tobacco and drug paraphernalia shops. Bath salts, the drug’s benign name, belies its actual makeup — a toxic cocktail of the stimulants Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), mephedrone, and pyrovalerone. Law enforcement officials say that the mixture is packaged as the spa staple as a ruse, and that users snort it. The Drug Enforcement Agency groups bath salts with mescaline and ephedrine, while dealers market the drug as a replacement for cocaine or a synthetic form of the hallucinogen LSD.
Last year, citing an “imminent threat to public safety,” the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) made illegal the possession and sale of three of the chemicals commonly used to make bath salts — the synthetic stimulants mephedrone, MDPV, and methylone.