by Stanley Azuakola
You remember Rudy Eugene? The man who brutally ate the face of another man in Miami, USA and left the man permanently disfigured. Well, his toxicology report has come in. After weeks of speculation about the drugs that could have caused this case of zombie cannibalism, the medical examiner said that contrary to widespread belief, there was no trace of bath salts in his system. The sole substance detected in his system was marijuana.
According to a Miami Herald report:
The [medical examiner’s] office said it sought the help of an outside forensic toxicology lab, “which has confirmed the absence of ‘bath salts,’ synthetic marijuana and LSD.” The ME’s office said that “within the limits of current technology by both laboratories,” marijuana was the only drug found in Eugene’s system.
That mean private marijuana rehab centres could have helped Eugene avoid the tragic fate that befell him and the victim of his attack.
Eugene was shot dead by police on May 26, when he would not cease his assault on his victim. Widespread media reports thereafter suggested that he could have been taking the synthetic stimulant drugs sold as bath salts, which have been previously associated with other cases of psychotic behavior.
It is now likely that the cause of Eugene’s behaviour was not the drugs in his system (marijuana), but a mental illness. That’s because Americans have widespread personal experience with marijuana — nearly 70% of people in some age groups have tried it — and it has not been known to trigger psychotic behavior in otherwise sane people.