Jul 25, 2014

Will State Ban on Bath Salts Prevent Zombie Attacks?

Pennsylvania has banned bath salts - a possible culprit in the gruesome 'Causeway Cannibal' attack in Miami.

Will State Ban on Bath Salts Prevent Zombie Attacks? Will State Ban on Bath Salts Prevent Zombie Attacks?

If you’ve ever seen  the film Zombieland  (and you should. It’s a pretty rad movie) then you know the character of Columbus, played by Jesse Eisenberg, has all kinds of rules in place to survive zombie attacks.

The musts include “Beware of bathrooms” and “Check the backseat.” If a sequel to Zombieland is ever made, the film’s writers may want to add, “avoid bath salts” to the list.

Pennsylvanians already have.

It has been almost a year since Gov. Tom Corbett  signed a bill banning bath salts in the state.

Authorities blame the substance for some cases of violent and bizarre behavior and speculate that bath salts may be the drug that led a Florida man to attack a homeless man on Miami's busy MacArthur Causeway, strip off his clothes and  chew the victim's face off

Police shot and killed Rudy Eugene, 31, after he growled at them while refusing to stop his vicious assault on Ronald Poppo, 65.

Bath salts have been called the "new LSD" and can inspire powerful feelings of invincibility, according to  this report about bath salts and the Miami cannibal case.

Officials and the general public need to look past the headlines about zombies and cannibalism and consider the fact that Florida is one of the worst states in the country when it comes to funding mental health services,  says columnist Subhash Kateel.

If the "Causeway Cannibal" story isn't ghoulish enough, a Maryland student has  now admitted to eating his roommate's brain and heart. There's been no word yet on a motive in that fatal attack.

Bath salts—which can affect users the same as cocaine, LSD and methamphetamines—have been banned in Pennsylvania since August. The success of the ban  depends on whom you ask. Drug treatment officials say bath salts are still pretty easy to get via the Internet and head shops.

Suspected bath salts cases in Pennsylvania include:

  • A man who broke into a house because he was "being chased by electricity."
  • A man who set fire to his girlfriend's apartment and attacked firefighters when they arrived
  • A man who assaulted a state trooper and didn't seem affected when a stun gun was used on him.

So tell us what you think? Could a bath salts ban prevent zombie attacks? Will you ever look at a bath (or bath salts) the same way? What rules would you include to survive a zombie apocalypse? Take our poll or add your comments below.

Cranberry Patch Editor Jessica Sinichak contributed to this article.

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