The recent story of a Miami man, 31-year-old Rudy Eugene, who went on a naked rampage, attacking a homeless man and chewing off his face before being shot dead by police, has caught national attention because of the horrific nature of the crime. The news has also brought to light a drug that has since mostly escaped national attention, a narcotic that apparently goes by the street name, "bath salts."
Given the grisly and bizarre nature of the events that unfolded on May 26, it's almost certain that this drug will merit a closer look by police and public health authorities.
Although frequently described as the "new LSD," or lysergic acid diethylamide, bath salts in fact don't have much in common with the hallucinogen of the psychedelic '60s. Both drugs are synthetic substances, but the similarities don't extend to the drugs' primary effects.
While the main effect of LSD is to create visual hallucinations and distortions of time and space perceptions, depending on the dosage employed, "bath salts" are in fact an amphetamine-like chemical, as CNN.com notes, "such as methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), mephedrone, and pyrovalerone."