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Baltimore City Wants to Ban Sale of Bath Salts, Synthetic Marijuana

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(photo: Council on Chemical Abuse)
(photo: Council on Chemical Abuse)

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen has been rolling out new programs and policies that address heroin addiction over the past few months. On Monday, the City opened a new front against synthetic drugs.

Baltimore, Other Urban Areas See Growing “Bath Salts” Abuse

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Keep these "bath salts" out of your tub

People seem to be doing a lot of people-eating lately. There’s Rudy Eugene, the Miami “zombie,” Alex Kinyua, Maryland’s own roommate-cannibal, and now Brandon DeLeon, another Miami man who tried to “bite a police officer’s hand off.”

Urban America is certainly no stranger to violence, but the whole consumption-of-human-flesh thing seems to have struck a chord with the nation. The big question is why — why eat a homeless man’s face off? Why threaten police with “I’m going to eat you”?

One of the answers may be found in synthetic drugs, which have become increasingly prevalent among urban males, and which police believe were involved in both the Miami attacks, as well as a number of other violent incidents. You might’ve seen the term “bath salts” thrown around on the Internet recently, in connection with some of the bizarre violence that’s been going on. Bath salts are a class of synthetic, or “designer” drugs made from a bunch of different chemicals (particularly mephedrone, MDPV, and methylone), and they’re scary as all get out.

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