Yesterday, toxicology reports came back for Rudy Eugene, the man who infamously ate off the face of another homeless man in Florida in early June. Police had suspected that the attacker was high on bath salts, but reports showed that there was only marijuana in his system. This led many to dub the man (who is now deceased) the “cannabis cannibal.” However, Doctors are now speaking out to assure the public that marijuana is not to blame for the attack.
Dr. Bruce Goldberger, professor and director of toxicology at the University of Florida, explained, “Some people have said ‘Well, it must have been the marijuana that triggered Eugene’s behavior.’ That, in my opinion, is outrageous, and out of the question. Marijuana will not cause this type of behavior.”
While marijuana has been shown to sometimes lead to schizophrenia or psychosis in certain at-risk people, Goldberger asserts that this is simply not what happened in the case of this attack.
So if it wasn’t marijuana use that caused the attacks, what was it? Probably bath salts.
Although the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner ruled out 6 of the active ingredients in bath salts, Eugene still may have taken synthetic drugs with a different chemical makeup than the Medical Examiners know to test for.
There are hundreds of synthetic amphetamines, which are the type of drugs that are found in bath salts. There is no way to prove whether or not Eugene was, in fact, under the influence of bath salts when he led this bizarre attack that eventually led to the end of his life.
What we can be sure of, according to Dr. Goldberg, is that the marijuana found in his system is definitely not the drug that led this man to act in such an inhumane way. “Some media is reporting that pot isn’t ruled out as the cause of the attack,” Goldberger explained. “I don’t buy that. That’s like talking about, ‘If you take LSD it stays in your body for a lifetime.’ It’s one of these misleading things you hear about drugs.”