What is it with humans that we need to find substances to artificially alter our senses? Unless you are living under a rock, you must have heard of the horrific incident in Miami a few days ago where a man-- allegedly under the influence of a new drug known as "bath salts"--almost devoured the face of a homeless man in broad daylight.

I have to admit I have not wanted to read a lot of the details in this case of cannibalism by the now famous "zombie attacker," but as a mother I can not hide how terrified I am with the effects that this synthetic drug can have on those who use it to get high. 

Read more in ¿Qué más?: Bath salt snorting cannibal is nothing to joke about

What scares me even more is that the cases of people taking these bath salts with catastrophic results are becoming more and more common. And according to the police officers involved in cases related to bath salts, this drug is like no other. It is known as "legal Ecstasy" in the forums of the websites that sell it and its effects include euphoria and hallucinations.

Doctors say the drug can cause severe mental instability and permanent brain damage. Also, people under the influence of this drug are usually violent and have a high tolerance for pain, which is obvious in the case of Rudy Eugene, the zombie attacker. The worst part is that not only is it cheap but it's also easy to purchase online in the states where it still not illegal, making it really attractive to young people.

My children are still very little, but as they get older I know the most important thing--in addition to always be involved in their lives--is to talk to them and if possible, show them real examples of the consequences of taking drugs. After that, all I can do is pray.

How much do you know about this new drug? Have you heard your children talk about it? Share your opinion by leaving us a comment.

Image via Minneapolisdrugtesting.com

About the author

Roxana A. Soto is Features Editor for MamásLatinas. She's a bilingual and bicultural journalist born in Peru and raised in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa and Miami. She's also mom to a girl in 3rd grade and a boy in Kinder. She loves books, languages, traveling and good food – especially when cooked by someone else.

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Please READ UP about the truth behind 'Bath Salts'.. there is thousands of potential ingredients in the drug, so you cannot generalize the entire drug like it is all the same!
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