By Rhonda Ramsey,
P.O.V. Contributing Writer
After reading this, speechless is an understatement. Please take a look at this article from ABCNews.
"A Texas man faces a felony charge after he allegedly bit, killed and ate a housemate's pet dog while high on the synthetic drug "spice."
The alleged attack is the latest in the series of violent and bizarre incidents linked to spice, which mimics the effects of marijuana, and bath salts, which mimics cocaine.
Michael Daniel, 22, allegedly smoked spice in his Waco, Texas home before he assaulted his housemates and then ran out of the house into his yard, where he began crawling around on his hands and knees. He barked and growled at a neighbor and chased him back into his home.
Daniel then allegedly took his housemate's dog, a medium-sized spaniel mix, out onto the house's porch. He allegedly beat and strangled the dog, according to Waco Police Sgt. Patrick Swanton, and then began chewing "hunks of flesh" from the animal.
Daniel's housemates called police and requested emergency assistance, saying Daniel was "going crazy." Officers arrived at the house to find Daniel sitting on the porch with "blood and fur around his mouth" and with the dead dog lying in his lap, Swanton said.
Daniel, who police say told his housemates he was "on a bad trip" just before the alleged rampage on June 14, was charged on Monday with cruelty to a non-livestock animal."
The story comes days after Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed bills banning the sale of synthetic marijuana. The drug was linked to several tragedies around the state, including a Bloomfield Township teen's reported fatal overdose and more than 40 other states have passed similar bills. Daniel's alleged attack also comes in the wake of a series of cannibalistic attacks, mostly on the East Coast, some of which have been linked to another drug commonly called "bath salts."
In case you are not familiar, here is a bit of information on synthetic cannabis and “bath salts."
“Research on the safety of synthetic cannabis is only now becoming available. Initial studies are focused on the role of synthetic cannabis and psychosis. It seems likely that synthetic cannabis can precipitate psychosis and in some cases it is prolonged. These studies suggest that synthetic cannabinoid intoxication is associated with acute psychosis, worsening of previously stable psychotic disorders, and also may have the ability to trigger a chronic (long-term) psychotic disorder among vulnerable individuals such as those with a family history of mental illness.”
Here is some information on bath salts from webmd.com:
"'The presumption is that most bath salts are MDPV, or methylenedioxypyrovalerone, although newer pyrovalerone derivatives are being made by illegal street chemists. Nobody really knows, because there is no way to test for these substances," says Zane Horowitz, MD, an emergency room physician and medical director of the Oregon Poison Center.
Why are they called bath salts?
"It’s confusing. Is this what we put in our bathrubs, like Epsom salts? No. But by marketing them as bath salts and labeling them 'not for human consumption,' they have been able to avoid them being specifically enumerated as illegal," Horowitz says.
What do you experience when you take bath salts?
"Agitation, paranoia, hallucinations, chest pain, suicidality. It’s a very scary stimulant that is out there. We get high blood pressure and increased pulse, but there’s something more, something different that’s causing these other extreme effects. But right now, there’s no test to pick up this drug. The only way we know if someone has taken them is if they tell you they have.
The clinical presentation is similar to mephedrone [a chemical found in other designer drugs], with agitation, psychosis, and stimulatory effects. Both of these agents should be of concern, as severe agitated behavior, like an amphetamine overdose, has occurred.
A second concern is the ongoing suicidality in these patients, even after the stimulatory effects of the drugs have worn off. At least for MDPV, there have been a few highly publicized suicides a few days after their use,'" Horowitz says.
A man eating a dog -- a pet? My first thought is: I hope that if there were children nearby, they were not around to see something like this. I love animals far too much to even imagine this scenario. There have been multiple reports of synthetic cannabis use being connected to fatal overdose, people eating one another and now, people eating live animals?
I will leave you with a few questions:
1. Now that synthetic cannabis is being banned, do you think more potentially dangerous alternatives to “the real thing” will be created and banned? (An ongoing cycle/trend).
2. Do you think people are using synthetic cannabis as a substitute for marijuana?
3. Do you believe marijuana should be illegal?