The May 26 Miami, Fla., Memorial Weekend “zombie attack” in which a man believed to be high on a powerful designer drug called “bath salts” chewed off another man’s face before being fatally shot by police was just the tip of the iceberg.
Since then, it seems that not a day passes by without hearing increasing reports of similar attacks and other weird episodes from across the country and around the world (the latest ones of a Louisiana man who chewed off his victim's face and another one of a Brazilian kid who inexplicabbly rose up from the coffin in the middle of his own funeral and asked his stunned dad for a glass of water before dying again).
As a result, authorities have focused on trying to ban and seize the powerful and dangerous new drug bath salts in order to stop the epidemic.
And now, police in New Hampshire has seized more than $100,000 worth of bath salt products and synthetic marijuana in a five-hour raid, according to Plaistow police Deputy Chief Kathleen Jones, whose detective unit has been working a joint probe with the Sheriff's Department for several months.
"This has probably been on the radar, six months to a year, for law enforcement across the country. It's a nationwide trend we've been keeping an eye on, This type of abuse is almost becoming an epidemic in this country. (Bath salts) can cause very, very bizarre behavior.. It's very dangerous. They've been compared to methamphetamines, like crystal meth," she said.
In the meantime, Hornady Manufacturing, the U.S.' largest independent bullet maker, has introduced a new product: zombie bullets.
Company spokesman Everett Deger said Hornady's new "Zombie Max" bullet line -sold with the tagline, "Make dead permanent" - has quickly become a top seller. "This is probably one of the only [product] launches that we've seen when people who are not in the hunting and shooting industry will go out and they will purchase this," Deger told Detroit radio station WWJ.
However, he added that the promotion is "just for fun." The bullets, though, are prett real.