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Incidents involving bath salts has become increasingly more common. Many of these incidents have caused harm to the users of bath salts and the people around them. Although, not a complete list, these notable incidents due provide incite into the harm bath salts are causing to society.


On 6 July 2012, thirty-one-year-old Carla Murphy was reported to have used bath salts in a hospital after giving birth.[1] Police report that after smoking the synthetic drug, Murphy stripped off her clothes in the bathroom and rolled around on the floor, unable to recall her own name.[1] Murphy assaulted a nurse and a police officer while they tried to control her`.[1] Murphy was escorted to the Blair Country Prison and was charged with a number of offences, including aggravated assault, disorderly conduct, and felony possession of a designer drug.[1]

On 2 June 2012, a homeless man named Brandon DeLeon,[2] who had taken a brand of bath salts called Cloud 9, walked into a restaurant and began yelling obscenities at two North Miami police officers.[3] [4][5] Deleon was arrested and later allegedly banged his head on the prison cell bars, growled and tried to bite the hand off one of the police officers.[4][3][5] In court, DeLeon advised the judge he could not remember the incident.[4][3][5]

The attacker in the Miami cannibal attack on 26 May 2012 was widely reported to be under the influence of bath salts, leading to widespread media interest in the substance.[6] Soon after the attack, police officers said he exhibited "classic signs of someone high on the drug".[6] Later toxicology reports could not find any of the common components of bath salts and only traces of marijuana were found.[6]

On 11 November 2011, twenty-one-year-old Dickie Sanders used a brand of bath salts called Cloud 9 and experienced stimulant psychosis and eventually committed suicide with a rifle.[7] Sanders' parents, both physicians, petitioned the government of Louisiana.[7] On 6 January 2012, Governor Bobby Jindal announced that the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, using its statutory powers, had approved an emergency rule outlawing six chemicals found in bath salts, making them Schedule I drugs, with penalties including incarceration for distribution, manufacturing and possession.[7]

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Category:Psychedelics, dissociatives and deliriants Category:Drug culture