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Bath salts blamed for recent violent attack sold locally

Bath salts are a synthetic drugs and some forms have been banned by local and federal government. (File/FOX Carolina) Bath salts are a synthetic drugs and some forms have been banned by local and federal government. (File/FOX Carolina)
ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

The details are gruesome. A man's face was eaten off by another man in the middle of the afternoon on a busy Miami causeway.

Officers suspect bath salts were the reason behind the violent attack.

A new variant of the drug can be found on store shelves across the country. Asheville police said the effects of the new drug are dangerous.

Investigators said the previous kind of bath salt was banned. Now black market chemists have found a loophole in the law and are concocting different kinds of bath salts so that they can be sold legally.

Police said people who use them show violent and erratic behavior. They said the drug increases heart rate, breathing and body temperature.

The effects can be worse than LSD, ecstasy and meth combined, police said.

"I know our local hospital, Mission Hospital, has had several incidents where people had to go to the emergency room because of the effects these synthetic drugs have had on people," said St. Mike Lamb.

Police said because these drugs are made with random chemicals, there is really no way to know how they will affect a person.

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