Canadian officials warning about bath salts drug after U.S. cannibal attack

Ronald Poppo, left, was the victim in a horrific cannibal attack at the hands of Rudy Eugene, Miami police said Tuesday.

“Ronald Poppo, left, was the victim in a horrific cannibal attack at the hands of Rudy Eugene, Miami police said Tuesday.

Photograph by: Miami-Dade Police Dept. , Miami-Dade Police Dept.

A Canada-wide alert will be issued Friday warning of a drug still legal in Canada in the wake of a disturbing attack where a man chewed the flesh off another man’s face in Miami.

“This is the first of the alerts that we’ll be putting out,” Dr. Matthew Young, researcher with the Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse, told The Province exclusively on Thursday.

The designer drug, dubbed “bath salts”, has appeared in Eastern Canada but has not yet shown up in B.C.

In Miami on Saturday, Rudy Eugene — who was feared to be high on bath salts — chewed the flesh off a homeless man’s face before he was shot to death by police.

Young said the drug produces a high similar to cocaine and amphetamine, with dangerous hallucinogenic properties.

Greg Purvis, director of Addiction Services in Nova Scotia. said New Glasgow, N.S., is the epicentre of the drug in Canada…”

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