Bath Salts

Flakka User Demonstrates 'Superhuman Strength' by Failing to Break Into a Police Station

Miami TV station warns that alpha-PVP is extremely dangerous and extremely popular.

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WFOR-TV

In 2012 WFOR, the CBS station in Miami, set off a worldwide media frenzy when it suggested that "bath salts," a generic label for various synthetic cathinones (stimulants that resemble the active ingredient in qat), had turned a man named Rudy Eugene into a flesh-eating zombie. Toxicological tests eventually showed that Eugene had not consumed any of those stimulants. If that episode had any sort of chastening effect on WFOR's news staff, it is not apparent in Carey Codd's recent report on a guy who tried to break into a Fort Lauderdale police station and later told the cops he had taken "flakka," a.k.a. alpha-PVP, which was one of 10 synthetic cathinones banned by the Drug Enforcement Administration last year. According to police, James West said he was trying to get help because he was being chased by several cars. What happened next is not quite as horrifying as Rudy Eugene's face-mangling assault on Ronald Poppo:

When pulling and kicking the front door didn't work, that's when [West] was seen [on security camera video] grabbing big rocks, trying to break through the hurricane-resistant  glass. The most he got was a crack. That's when police said he took off running into the officers' parking lot, where he was captured.

Codd shows the video of West "going crazy on that door" to Nabil El Sanadi, a local emergency room physician, who claims it shows the "superhuman strength" with which flakka endows its users. El Sanadi, Codd, and Sgt. Ted Taranu of the Broward Sheriff's Office use the phrase "superhuman strength" or "super strength" five times during the two-and-a-half minute story. Yet Codd says West "violently and with every ounce of strength in his body tried to get inside," and "the most he got was a crack." I guess superhuman strength isn't what it used to be.

Without a toxicological test that apparently was not performed, we really don't know what West took, and neither does he. In a story posted last week, Codd said flakka is alpha-PVP, then immediately contradicted that equivalency with a quote from Tarnau:

"You got no idea what's in it when you take it," Taranu said. "It's whatever the person puts in it to sell it."

That problem is a predictable feature of the black market created by prohibition, a policy that also explains the proliferation of unfamiliar drugs aimed at staying a step ahead of the law. But let's say West took alpha-PVP. Codd presents his reaction as typical or at least common, saying "many who use [flakka] lose touch with reality" and "many on the drug hallucinate." A good rule of thumb is that if a drug user ends up on the news, his behavior is probably pretty unusual, notwithstanding Codd's implication to the contrary. Last week Codd warned that flakka "could be the hot new drug of choice." As with every other drug that is said to be both extremely dangerous and extremely popular, it is hard to reconcile those two claims, assuming that people generally do not want to end up in police custody with a bandaged face.

For what it's worth, Erowid has two accounts from alpha-PVP users, one of whom likes the drug and calls it "a completely misunderstood compound." The other user says the stimulant raised his heart rate uncomfortably and was "not worth my time." Neither of them tried to break into a police station.

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33 responses to “Flakka User Demonstrates 'Superhuman Strength' by Failing to Break Into a Police Station

  1. Some folks like PVP, others prefer PVE. I’m more of a PVE guy, but to each his own.

    1. I hate it when other players ruin the experience.

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  2. He was probably on PCP. Broke every bone in his hand and wouldn’t feel it for hours. There was this guy once, you see this scar?

      1. Nice night for a walk, eh?

        1. Hey, that was Sir William Paxton. Show some goddamned respect.

          1. How ’bout a nice greasy pork sandwich served in a dirty ashtray?

            1. I’ll drive. Gimme da keys man!

              1. I didn’t think it was a whale’s dick, honey.

  3. Why are you in Miami if you’re not going to do coke. Who needs designer stuff.

  4. Maybe the door was made from pure adamantium. Or the rock he picked up was Kryptonite. Super beings on bath salts aren’t that smart. Especially when they’ve been infected with zombification serum.

    1. I thought the Umbrella Corporation infected them with the T-virus.

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    1. Who needs super strength when you have an automobile?

  7. “bath salts,” a generic label for various synthetic cathinones (stimulants that resemble the active ingredient in qat)

    Thank you. I find it extremely annoying and lazy when reporters just say “bath salts” as if that means anything at all.

  8. “A good rule of thumb is that if a drug user ends up on the news, his behavior is probably pretty unusual…”

    A statement boiling over with ignorance.

    The DEA has created a toxic landscape of misinformation, false data, and a violent intolerance toward the altered-state community. And law enforcement propels this trend with even more vigor by educating police officers with DEA-tainted data. Hell, I’ve met grownup ass officers who actually fucking believe that pot is a gateway drug to heroine! Blame this on the DEA and police educators most of who wouldn’t know a bad trip from a really fucking great one because every fucking thing associated with altered states is evil and presents an ever-present threat to the stability of the children and society which is outright hogwash.

    What represents a threat is misinformation, social indifference to the fringes, people (often youngsters) who make mistakes on drugs and have no where to turn in a serious time of need except to the most arrogant, thoughtless, and unsympathetic shitheads ever born, the local police and the local emergency room nurses and doctors (there is no help for serious drug issues at your local emergency room- forget it, unless you are dying).

    continued…

    1. The same shit happens in any social arena where squint-eyed societal elites who often attend churches, synagogues, or mosques combine forces with cash-vampire attorneys, hardcore social engineers, and hyper-concerned and over-educated strutters who run high society advocacy groups with long tendrils that squirm up the assholes of legislators who are often so fucking stupid about real life they wouldn’t know how to tie their fucking shoes without a goddamn trial balloon.

      The fact is drugs and altered states have always been part of the human spectrum. It will never, ever go away. It cannot be destroyed or prohibited. There will always be a need for many to get fucked up, high, hammered, shit-faced, or visit space stations in parallel universes where giant, neon-green llamas play poker with comet glitter.

      This reality cannot be recognized by the closed and narrow minds that literally line the precipices of power in all societies. The greatest harm here is that drugs are being created in incredibly unsafe conditions with sub-par resources and the DEA doesn’t give a single goddamn fuck if your kid get bad LSD and has to be on a clonazepam for the rest of his/her life. The DEA doesn’t give a single goddamn fuck if your kid overdoses on mushrooms and dies of heart attack because the fucking kid has to use Erowid (kudos to Erowid, best shit on the internet) for his dosing help. The list goes on and on…

      continued…

      1. Drugs should be legal, available, and developed by respectable companies with track-records of safety and responsibility.

        Drug use would be safer across the board because ingredients and chemicals would be created by companies incentivized to create alternative pathways in the most medically-safe way possible. Fuck, all this stuff is available now but the DEA has made the system so unsafe particularly here in America that you can bet any stamp potentially represents the possibility of a serious reaction. Thank the DEA for this.

        All the motherfucking stoodges in the mainstream press wouldn’t have to concoct turd stories about bullshit they know nothing about while all their other information comes from sucking the DEA’s tiny penis dry.

        Fuck the goddamn Drug War and Fuck the DEA.

        Finally, Codd, you brain-decayed Misrepresenter I can gauran-fucking-tee that a LOT of unusual things happen on the drug scene that are absolutely fantastic, mystical, and enjoyable and the brain in your ass will never get to see it because responsible and careful drug users consider your ilk worse than filth because you lie and distort and make shit up and don’t fucking deserve a goddamn ounce of respect.

        1. Great rant AC… up there with Epi’s best.

        2. +1

          As a fellow psychonaut and enthusiast of the mental playground, I salute you, Mr Cyborg. Excellent rant.

        3. +10

          Fuggit – +100

          Well said, sir – well said.

        4. absolutely nothing saind in that multipost rant conflicts in any way with the article above, despite the inane accusation that it “boils over with ignorance”

  9. which was one of 10 synthetic cathinones banned by the Drug Enforcement Administration last year.

    This is amazing. A body of non-elected career bureaucrats banned 10 man-made chemicals I had never heard of until forty seconds ago. How’s this “Democracy NOW!” thing workin’ out for ya, progressives?

  10. Superhuman strength ? Clearly, we need to ban gamma radiation

  11. I can only conclude that the cops and reporters who emitted this story are genuinely stupid individuals.

    That is all. Carry on.

    1. That’s a freebie, though – I mean, it’s as if you’d said “I can only conclude that sticking your hand into a working forge will get you burned.”

  12. People like Senator Tom Cotton’s response…”marijuana”… cannabis is a dangerous drug”. My response was “then you will be alright with banning the worst drug of all…alcohol!”? Until that is done, they are hypocrites! Ignorance abounds in our country. And many, of those guys, are running the damned country!

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