Miami-Dade County Votes On Final Bath Salts Ban

06/23/2012 10:06 PM ET

Miami-Dade County have given preliminary approval to ban the sale of “bath salts,” the synthetic drug that is believed to be linked to a spate of violent, cannibalistic “zombie attacks” in the past month.

Bath salts are synthetic compounds of stimulants methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), mephedrone, and pyrovalerone which manufacturers market as a legal replacement for cocaine or the hallucinogen LSD, according to CNN. They are known by names like “Lovey Dovey,” “Euphoria,” “White Lightning,” “Purple Wave” and “Ivory Snow,” and can be digested, smoked, or inhaled.

Bath salts, which known to make some users aggressive, have been implicated in countless similar “face-chewing” attacks in the past month. The measure is up for final approval on July 3, CBS reports, leaving 12 days for more cannibalistic attacks to occur.

The string of similar crimes dubbed “zombie attacks” began in an incident in which Miami resident Rudy Eugene brutally assaulted a homeless man named Ronald Poppo on the MacArthur Causeway and chewed off half of his face. Eugene, who was shot and killed by police after he refused orders to cease and desist, is believed to have been under the influence of the drug at the time of the attack, although toxicology reports have not been released to confirm this.

Eugene’s rampage was the first in a spate of similar “zombie attacks,” which observers have speculated were prompted by the attackers’ drug use. While the attacks have been centered in South Florida, they have been reported elsewhere in cities around the country.

The law would prohibit the sale or advertisement of a list of particular compounds or anything structurally similar to them, making violations punishable by $500 fines and 60-day jail terms. Previous attempts to ban the synthetic compound have been ineffective, as manufacturers have circumvented the laws by slightly altering the drugs’ chemical formula. Manufacturers often label the packages “not for human consumption.”

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