Usually horrific stories are about an atrocity in a faraway land and circumstances that don’t have much resonance with our daily lives. Occasionally, however, such a story strikes closer to home — and thereby becomes even more chilling.
The recent gruesome cannibalistic attack in Miami is one such story. What could possibly cause two men to be naked on a bridge, with one man literally eating the other’s face (including nose and eyeballs), growling animal-like to police, and finally having to be shot multiple times because he was unresponsive to commands to stop?
The apparent answer is: drugs. Specifically, a new kind of LSD called “bath salts” that acts as a stimulant and leaves users in a state of complete delirium. Police and ER doctors in Miami have seen the effects of the drug, which can dramatically increase body temperature and leave its victims extremely aggressive, with a kind of temporary super-human strength and an urge to use their jaws as weapons.
Some libertarians argue that we shouldn’t regulate drug use, because it is a victimless crime. The awful nature of “bath salts” and their effect on people belie that argument — at least, as it relates to this particular drug. It is beyond me why anyone would develop a drug that has such terrible effects, of obvious danger to both the user and to the people around him, and it is even more unimaginable that anyone would sell such a drug on the street. I suppose it’s too much to expect drug producers and pushers to act with any kind of responsibility, but anyone involved in the “bath salts” drug trade should be punished, harshly, for injecting such an awful, hazardous substance into our society.