By now you've all heard the horrific story of the naked Miami man who mauled another naked man's face with his bare teeth.
According to Miami law enforcement officials, the cannibal might have been under the influence of common household "bath salts" when he ate the flesh of an unidentified homeless man on the MacArthur Causeway in Miami on Saturday.
Rudy Eugene, 31, (pictured above) was shot and killed after a Miami police officer was flagged down by a bicyclist who happened upon the gory scene. Eugene continued to eat the man's face even after being shot once in the chest. He reportedly growled like an animal as he swallowed pieces of flesh.
According to the Miami Herald, Eugene was shot six times by the cop who is being hailed by his superiors as a hero.
The victim was taken to Jackson Memorial Ryder Trauma center where he remains in critical condition. The man's face is reportedly unrecognizable as human after Eugene ate part of his nose, cheeks, ears, and gouged out his eyes.
Bath salts is the newest fad among teenagers looking for a quick high, according to Drugabuse.gov.
The crystal bath salts are ground into a fine powdered form then mixed with other substances before being sold legally in drug paraphernalia stores under the names "Ivory Wave," "Cloud Nine," "Purple Wave," "Vanilla Sky," "Zoom," "Bloom," "White Lightening," and other names.
The bath salts contain amphetamine-like chemicals, similar to the MDMA found in Ecstasy pills -- but instead of bathing in the salts, the powder is taken orally or snorted.
Emergency rooms are reporting an alarming increase in "bath salts" cases across the country. Ingesting or snorting "bath salts" stimulants can cause chest pains, high blood pressure, increased heart rate, aggression, agitation, hallucinations, extreme paranoia, and delusions.
Those last 5 symptoms may have been what sparked the psychosis that resulted in the grisly mauling in Miami.
According to the NY Daily News, Eugene's wife of two years divorced him after he became increasingly hostile towards her.
"I wouldn't say he had (a) mental problem but he always felt like people was against him," Jenny Ductant said. "No one was for him, everyone was against him."
Several homeless people in the area where the gruesome attack occurred said they knew Eugene, and said he often looked confused.
"I was actually talking to him the other day," an unidentified homeless man told Local 10 News. "It's pretty weird."
It isn't clear why the men were completely naked at the time of incident. Photos taken at the scene show articles of clothing laying near the dead man's feet. Both men may have been under the influence of the drug.
In 2011, there were thousands of calls to the poison control center about bath salts. That number far exceeded the few hundred calls to the poison center about other drugs in all of 2011.
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