Rudy Eugene, the man who has become known as “The Miami Zombie” may have been high on a street drug by the name of “Bath Salts” when he attacked his unidentified victim.
Though experts say that the effects of Bath Salts are similar to those of cocaine or methamphetamine highs but possibly much more dangerous, could they be enough to give someone “Zombie-like” symptoms?
Possibly. That depends on how you define a Zombie. When dealing with “The Living Dead”, there are three different distinct types of Zombies:
The first is the classic Voodoo Zombie. Voodoo Zombies are created for the soul purpose of serving their masters mindlessly as the highest form of Voodoo punishment. Though many Haitians believe the use of Voodoo powers to create the Zombie, it has been discovered that the actual method is far more scientific. The creation of the Haitian Voodoo Zombie is done by a Voodoo practitioner known as a Mamba (Female) or Bokor (Male) high priest/ess through the use of a highly poisonous substance found in Blow Fish known as Tetrodotoxin. Too little will cause the ingester to become violently ill. Too much will kill you. The precise amount will put you in a catatonic state and cause all of your vital signs to drop so low that, without the use of modern medical machines, it is possible to mistake a person for dead. After awaking, the “Zombie” has little to no memory or free will and is highly controlable. Such was the case of a man by the name of Clairvius Narcisse. Because this type of Zombie is actually human and under the control of another human, they are not known to engage in cannibalistic activities. This type of Zombie is not only plausible, its documented. Bath Salts would not create this type of Zombie.
The second type of Zombie the Undead. The Undead is someone brought back from the dead through unknown means. This is the typical Hollywood Zombie that crawls out of the grave and anyone he bites turns to a Zombie. This type is extremely unlikely and has been created for the amusement (and horror) of the masses.
The last type of Zombie is the Infected. The Infected have become popular and are considered the most plausible of all due to franchises like 28 Days Later and Resident Evil. The Infected are people who have fallen victim to a parasite, virus, prion, drug or other plague that causes them to lose all humanity and devour other humans often thus infecting them. Infected Zombies do not ALWAYS cause others to become Zombies through bite if the “Infection” is not caused by something infectious.
It is possible that drugs (like Bath Salts, PCP, and LSD)could cause someone to act like an Infected Zombie.
WebMD discribes the dangers of Bath Salts in the following way:
“”Ivory Wave,” “Purple Wave,” Vanilla Sky,” and “Bliss” [Also "Cloud 9]– all are among the many street names of a so-called designer drug known as “bath salts,” which has sparked thousands of calls to poison centers across the U.S. over the 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. The ban, issued in October 2011, is effective for at least a year. During that time, the agency will decide whether a permanent ban is warranted.”
Experts on Bath Salts explain that the dangers come from the fact that there is no real test to show if someone has been using it, thus it is hard for users to get outside help unless they want it.
Users often experience Agitation, paranoia, hallucinations, chest pain, suicidality. Also high blood pressure and increased pulse, feeling overheated and having violent outbursts.
Dr. Paul Adams an emergency room doctor at Jackson Memorial Hospital said The physical trauma of Bath Salts follows a pattern extremely high body temperatures, strong aggressive, attacks using the mouth and jaws. “Extremely strong, I took care of a 150-pound individual who you would have thought he was 250 pounds,” Adams said. “It took six security officers to restrain the individual.”
The strength and violence of the users can pose a serious threat.
“It’s dangerous for the police,” said Adams. “It’s dangerous for the firefighters. It’s dangerous for the hospital workers taking care of them because they come in, they have to be restrained both chemically and physically and you’re asking for someone to get hurt.”Miami Police have stated that Eugene was most likely high on Bath Salts and this explains his inability to be reasoned with and lack of a reaction to being shot. If high body temp is a symptom of Bath Salt users, this could explain why Eugene was naked during the attack. The only one who truly knows the full story is the victim of the crime who is still in critical condition in a Miami hospital.
The victim of the attack has been identified as 65 year-old Ronald Poppo.
If Bath Salts can cause a person to become delusional, psychotic, and violent it is possible that this drug could create a more modern Zombie.
Many have speculated that this is the start of the Zombie Apocalypse. We at ZZN choose to always believe in the “Better Safe Than Zombie” philosophy. It may be possible that the “Zombie Apocalypse” is here, but in a way we never expected. Instead of dealing with mindless, soulless ghouls, we may be dealing with people who are so drugged out of their mind that all they know is hunger and violence.
As always, we will continue to provide the latest up to date information on this case as it develops.