We were all shocked when we found out that the May 26th cannibal attack in Miami, which kicked off this crazy “Zombie Apocalypse,” was not caused by bath salts.
The bath salt drug (a drug that has been linked to psychotic reactions and hallucinations in some users) was named the cause of multiple cannibal attacks, which popped up every-so-often after the original Miami attack. But strangely enough, toxicology reports released last week by the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner found that there were no traces of bath salts in the body of Rudy Eugene (above left), the “Miami Cannibal” who attacked 65-year-old Ronald Poppo (above right) under the MacArthur Causeway in late May.
After marijuana was the only drug found in Eugene’s body, experts are now investigating what drove him to eat the face of Ronald Poppo. Some are now speculating that it could have been a cannabis-induced psychosis.
Thirty-one-year-old Eugene was once diagnosed with schizophrenia after a misdemeanor arrest, reported Local10. A history of mental illness paired with marijuana is now being considered as a possible cause of the horrific attack that took place.
Although it is not known if Eugene sought treatment after his schizophrenia diagnosis, the British Medical Journal published a 10-year-study on cannabis use last year and found that it increased the risk of ‘incident psychotic experiences,’ which make it possible to have been the cause of Eugene’s attack. With continual cannabis use, the risk of ‘persistent psychotic experiences’ is increased, the study found.
After Eugene was shot by police during his attack on Poppo, an autopsy was done, which revealed the medical examiner’s office searched for the most common components found in bath salts, in addition to a host of other drugs.
The medical examiner’s office said in a statement to the Miami Herald:
The laboratory has tested for but not detected any other street drugs, alcohol or prescription drugs, or any adulterants found in street drugs. This includes cocaine, LSD, amphetamines (Extasy, Meth and others), phencyclidine (PCP or Angel Dust), heroin, oxycodone, Xanax, synthetic marijuana (Spice), and many other similar compounds.
Marijuana was the only drug found in Eugene’s body at the time of the attack.
SOURCE: Huffington Post